Little known sex disease ‘could become next super bug’ within a decade; both men and women affected
| Independent – Thousands of women every year develop an inflammatory condition from untreated bacterial infection which could harm chances of conceiving if antibiotics become ineffective.
A sexually transmitted infection which can cause infertility looks set to become the next superbug resistant to most common antibiotics, experts have warned.
Doctors and the public have been urged to look out for Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), which the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has warned will “undoubtedly lead to a public health emergency” if left unchecked.
The bacteria can cause inflammation of the urethra in men, causing discharge from the penis and making it painful to urinate, while in women it causes inflammation of reproductive organs like the womb and fallopian tubes, causing pain and possibly some bleeding.
It is now more common than gonorrhea, affecting up to 2 percent of the UK population, and is even outstripping chlamydia in some high-risk groups.
Despite this, recently developed tests to diagnose the disease are still not available in all sexual health clinics, BASHH said as it issued new guidelines for its treatment.
“If practices do not change and the tests are not used, MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics,” said Dr. Paddy Horner, from the University of Bristol, who helped draft the guidelines.
MG’s symptoms are easily confused with other common STDs, like chlamydia, and as a result, can go unnoticed or untreated.
These cases can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and while this can currently be treated with antibiotics, if MG continues to become resistant to these drugs and becomes a full-blown superbug … Read the full story at Independent
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