‘New’ sexually transmitted infection (STI) Mycoplasma Genitalium – should you be worried?

Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) is a bacterium that might be linked to genital urinary diseases in men and women. Recently experts have identified MG to be sexually transmitted making this the latest STI for us all to think about.

At the moment, it is quite likely that any symptoms are actually due to STIs such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea as research suggests that MG affects one to two percent of the population. The safest approach would be to visit your local sexual health clinic for an STI test.

Belinda Loftus, Sexual Health Cluster Manager, Spectrum CIC said, “Anyone who is having unprotected sex is putting themselves at risk of all sexual infections. If anyone is worried that they might have MG, it is important to get tested. It is likely that they don’t have MG but may have one of the more common STIs.”

Symptoms for MG may be similar to other STIs such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, and differ in males/females.

Male symptoms – can include pain when passing urine and penile discharge

Female symptoms – may experience vaginal discharge, pelvic pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding.

If left untreated, studies have revealed tentative signs that the MG bacteria could cause reactive arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease in females, complications with males’ testicles and the early delivery of babies in infected pregnant women.

For more information on MG an interview with Belinda Loftus is available here.

If you have any concerns about your sexual health and would like to contact your nearest Spectrum clinic please visit www.sexual-health.co.uk