‘Pack those condoms’: Sex health docs warn rare STI could become ‘superbug’

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 11, 2018

A little-known sexually transmitted infection could become an untreatable superbug because doctors are mistaking it for chlamydia, experts have warned.

One in every 100 British adults aged 18 to 44 are already thought to be infected with the Mycoplasma genitalium bug - known as MG.

Only recently has it been recognised that MG is passed on by sexual activity and can cause problems such as genital pain and bleeding.

The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has released new guidelines on how to treat and diagnose the disease.

There is also concern the STI may grow resistant to antibiotics if not treated correctly.

MG can be treated with a five-day course of antibiotics, but it is increasingly becoming more resistant to different antibiotic drugs. Macrolide resistance in the United Kingdom is estimated at about 40%, say the guidelines. "So people need to take precautions".

"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".

Dr Helen Fifer, consultant microbiologist at Public Health England, welcomed the guidelines, adding: "If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic".

The news comes after health officials a year ago warned that millions of young people are shunning protection because risky sex has become acceptable once again, three decades after the Aids epidemic made condom use essential.

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

"Everyone can protect themselves from STIs by consistently and correctly using condoms with new and casual partners".

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