Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Grant Boone
July 14, 2018

The study concluded that for both men and women, MG was strongly associated with an increased number of total and new partners and unsafe sex.

Experts told CNN that MG is now starting to become more resistant to antibiotics and could become a superbug within five years, while preventing as many as 4,800 women to become pregnant each year. If left untreated, the risks include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) - an infection of the organs of a women's reproductive system - which can lead to infertility.

Paddy Horner, spokesman for the BASHH, said: "We can't afford to continue with the approach we have followed for the past 15 years as this will undoubtedly lead to a public health emergency with the emergence of MG as a superbug".

The confusion and a lack of test kits means it is being treated with incorrect drug doses - building up antibiotic resistance which could see it soon become untreatable.

An MG infection often has no symptoms, warns BASHH.

Doctors are warning that a little-known but increasingly common sexually transmitted infection is in danger of becoming a superbug that could leave thousands of women infertile.

Doctors warned that the sexually transmitted disease Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, could become resistant to standard antibiotics.

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The Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) bacterium now only affects 1-2 percent of the public, but BASHH warned in a new set of guidelines it could become a superbug in 15 years' time if proper testing and treatment fails to be provided by local health services. The study and other experts, however, suggest a few concerns that the infection is reportedly developing resistance to this.

MG most commonly affects younger people who are also more sexually active, as well as people with more sexual partners, so safe sex is an important part of preventing this STD.

Although tests for MG have been developed - carried out by swab or a urine sample - they are not now available at all clinics. If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic.

Peter Greenhouse, a sexual consultant in Bristol and BASHH member, advised that people be more cautious by using condoms.

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

A survey carried out by BASHH revealed that only one in 10 public health commissioners in England plan to provide testing for the infection within the next year.

"Resources are urgently needed to ensure that diagnostic and antimicrobial resistance testing is available for women with the condition who are at high risk of infertility".

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