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26 Nov 2015
The University College London and Public Health England have added further proof to the notion that a relatively unknown condition, Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG), is sexually transmitted. As the condition is still largely overlooked and often symptomless, it is thought that thousands of people may already be infected by MG.
Although the condition has been recognised since the 1980s and occurs in the reproductive tracts of men and women, it has never been confirmed beyond doubt that the disease is transmitted during sex.
Despite remaining symptomless in many carriers, the condition can lead to a huge number of painful and devastating side effects. Men suffering from the condition may experience acute urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) and women may suffer from inflammation of the uterine cervix and bleeding after sex. Additionally, both sexes may be afflicted by genital discharge.
It is also speculated that, when left untreated, the condition could lead to infertility in women.
The research backed up the theory that the infection is sexually transmitted by aligning sufferers with admission of sexual risk-taking. The illness was found to be most common amongst those who practiced unprotected sex, and had multiple sexual partners.
The research found that 1.2% of men and 1.3% of women who participated carried MG, but the majority of these exhibited no symptoms. This demonstrates the importance of using protection unless you are 100% certain that both you and your partner are completely clear of infection. As with all STIs, the most effective form of protection is the condom β keeping both partners safe.
When MG is detected, it is incredibly simple to treat with a single course of antibiotics β but it is left untreated in an unfortunately high number of cases. This makes it even more worthwhile for at risk individuals to get tested β before suffering any of the conditions or passing on the infection.
If you believe that you may be at risk of being infected with MG or any other STI, condoms have been found to provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of STI pathogens β keeping you and your partner safe from transmission.
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