The STD that you have never heard of
We are all familiar with chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis and many other sexual transmitted diseases (STD) and sexual transmitted infections (STI); however, there is one STD that you may have never heard of. A disease that was originally discovered in the 1980s but not fully defined yet. Researchers have done many tests since the discovery of this bacteria and have found quite some interesting information on this “new” infection. It is an infection that often does not show any symptoms and is quite similar to chlamydia and gonorrhea if the infected person does experience symptoms. One hundred thousand is the number of possible infected in the UK alone, so what is this “new” infection exactly?
A bacterial species that can cause Urethritis
Mycoplasma Genitalium is the new STI. it is a bacteria that transmits itself from one person to another through sexual intercourse. It affects the genital tracts and results in urinary and pelvic pains in both women and men as well as post-coital bleeding in women. Although researchers are yet to define a lot of components of this disease, certain things are clear. An extensive study was conducted between 2010 and 2012 by analyzing urine samples of people aged between 16 – 44 years old. This was done in combination with questionnaires that needed to be answered by those involved in the trial in which they needed to answer questions pertaining to their sexual behavior and their current and past experience with STI’s.
What is interesting about the research is that it was also done amongst people who originated from a certain ethnicity, deprivation levels, educational background and of course sexual behavior. The researchers observed that men who lived in a deprived area and men from black ethnicity were the most common infected respondents. With women it had more to do with the age. The ones between the ages of 16 and 19 years old were the most infected. In addition, it was also noticed that the older the respondents were, the fewer were infected.
The results were quite surprising. Researchers have found that people with a more promiscuous sexual behavior were more prone to this disease. It was discovered that 1% of the 4000+ respondents had the disease. What was interesting was that people with no sexual past or present were not carrying the bacteria and although there is an uncertainty on clinical implication of the infection, Mycoplasma can also be identified as an STD as it results in post-coital bleeding in women.
Symptoms in men and woman
Although 1% was certain of carrying the bacteria, 90% did not show any symptoms of this disease, and since there is no certainty what this disease can damage for both men and woman, some have experienced genital discharge, post-sex bleeding (women only), pain while urinating and pelvic pains. It is concluded that inflammation of the urethra or cervix, female infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease are results of the MG infection, but the long term effects have yet to be researched.
A lot people carrying the bacteria have, however, no signs of the infection infesting, it is possible that it does not cause illness with certain people. For those who are not familiar with this infection, it is advisable that you obtain further information on MG so that you can learn that this disease is just as preventable and curable like chlamydia and gonorrhea, by properly practicing safe sex using condoms.
Testing on Mycoplasma Genitalium
www.theSTIclinic.com is a safe place to start if you suspect you are carrying this disease. When you do have all these symptoms, you usually get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea first, if those result turn out negative, that’s when you can ask to be tested for Mycoplasma Genitalium if the clinic you are visiting is not familiar with Mycoplasma Genitalium yet. Especially if you’re from the outside of the UK.
Avoiding sexually transmitted infections and diseases
For your own general health, it is critical to have yourself checked for every kind of STD and STI. This especially if you are sexual active. It is recommendable to have yourself checked when switching sexual partner especially if safe sex is not practiced. To avoid any sexual illnesses it is advised to always wear protection, as research has concluded that a person who consistently wears a condom has half the risk to getting an infection in contrary to someone who never uses condoms.
Treatment of Mycoplasma Genitalium
Like all the other common STI’s recommended Mycoplasma treatments include antibiotics. For a full recovery it is of utmost importance to complete the full course of the treatment, otherwise you might be subject to the recurrence of the bacteria.