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Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug

14 July 2018

MG is estimated to be carried by between 1-2% of men and women and infections are often asymptomatic.

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) can easily go unnoticed as it does not show any symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to infertility in some women. The greatest outcome is for women with pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG, which would be very hard to treat, putting them at increased risk of infertility'.

"Our guidelines recommend that patients with symptoms are correctly diagnosed using an accurate MG test, treated correctly then followed up to make sure they are cured". Unfortunately, it becomes more resistant to different antibiotic drugs.

A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning.

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A little-known but increasingly common sexually-transmitted infection could become the next superbug, experts have warned.

Research by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) found that over 70 percent of sexual health experts said that if current practices do not change, MG will become resistant to first and second line antibiotics within a decade.

Research carried out by BASHH, also published on 11 July 2018, has revealed that seven in ten sexual health experts around the country said that they could not afford the diagnostic test recommended by the guidelines, and only one in ten United Kingdom public health commissioners said they were making provisions for testing equipment in their 2019 budgets.

"The new guidelines will be helpful, but unless and until we get funds so we can regularly test for it, we'll be in the dark about which women with pelvic inflammatory disease have got it and about what their true risk of long term complications are", Greenhouse told CNN. It is passed on by having unprotected sex with someone who has the infection, so wearing condoms will prevent you from getting the infection.

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Although tests for MG have recently been developed, they are not available in all clinics yet. It can also be treated by an antibiotic called macrolides, however there are concerns the infection is reportedly developing resistance to this. If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic.

"It's yet another good reason to pack the condoms for the summer holidays - and actually use them".

Horner argued that these resources are "urgently" needed to ensure there is testing available for women who are at high risk of infertility.

He called on the Government to make funding available for testing "to prevent a public health emergency waiting to happen and which is already spiralling out of control".

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Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug