Doctors Say Thousands of Brits Have the STI Mycoplasma Genitalium, and Don't Even Know it

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Doctors are warning Brits about what may just be the vaguest STI in the world. Hundreds of thousands of us could apparently be carrying Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), though we could be totally oblivious. That's because there are very few symptoms and we’re not even 100 per cent sure it's passed on through unprotected sex.

MG was first discovered back in 1981, and there’s not a great deal known about it. However, new evidence suggests it could be relatively widespread amongst the population, with people who don't use condoms, have more sexual partners, live in deprived areas, or are aged 25-44, most at risk. According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, 1 per cent of Brits between 16 and 44 who have had sex have MG. Crikey.

It's said to cause urethritis, cervicitis and pelvic inflammatory disease, and may even lead to female infertility. “Further research is needed to understand the clinical implications of infection and possible longer-term complication,” said Dr Pam Sonnenberg, an STI expert at UCL. “This information, together with information on resistance patterns to guide antibiotic choice, will inform recommendations on how to test for and manage MG infection." 

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