Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

STD You May Not Have Heard of Could Be Next Superbug

STD You May Not Have Heard of Could Be Next Superbug

Thousands of women could become infertile every year thanks to an increasingly risky sexually-transmitted infection spread by people having unsafe sex on holiday.

Experts say a lack of test kits means it is regularly confused with chlamydia and treated with incorrect doses of antibiotics - building up risky antibiotic resistance which could see it soon become untreatable.

The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV on Wednesday issued new NICE-approved guidelines to prevent an explosion of infection rates within 5 to 10 years.

"The greatest outcome of this is for the women who present with pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG, which would be very hard to treat, putting them at increased risk of infertility".

This bacteria causes something called nongonoccal urethritis in men, an infection of the urethra or the duct that carries urine and semen through the penis.

Doctors have warned it could become a superbug if not treated properly.

Bad cases can cause painful inflammation for men, but can be more serious for women - potentially causing womb scarring that leave them infertile. When looking at specific symptoms, women with MG were significantly more likely to report having experienced bleeding after sex'.

"We are already seeing resistance to Mycoplasma genitalium because we are using antibiotics that treat chlamydia very well but doesn't treat mycoplasma very well", Dr. Mark Lawton, a consultant in sexual health and HIV and the clinical lead at the Liverpool Center for Sexual Health, told CNN.

According to a BASHH member survey conducted in May 2018, 72% of sexual health experts said that if current practices do not change, MG infections will become a superbug resistant to first- and second-line antibiotics, within a decade. It's is passed on by sexual contact but, like all STDs, can easily be prevented by using a condom. The NHS states that tests for this condition have only recently been developed and are not available in all clinics yet.

"I was diagnosed with MG past year after meeting my new partner".

"We were put on antibiotics for two weeks but had no sexual contact for five, to make sure we were clean". What are the symptoms of this STI and potential effects of untreated infection?

What are the symptoms and risks of MG?

How can I be tested?

"The GUM clinic refused to retest my partner as she hasn't shown any symptoms". Macrolide resistance in the United Kingdom is estimated at about 40%, say the guidelines.

"The new BASHH guideline on MG is a positive step forward to improving testing and diagnosis", said Helen Fifer, a consultant microbiologist at Public Health England".

Treatment for MG involves a five-day course of antibiotics.

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