The 'stealth' STI that makes women infertile

Henrietta Strickland
July 12, 2018

MG now affects one in 100 people and if untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease which causes infertility.

It can also be treated by an antibiotic called macrolides, but the guidelines warned that MG is becoming increasingly resistant to it.

For women, it can cause pain or bleeding during sex, burning sensation when urinating.

According to the experts, the disease can be mistaken for chlamydia and is more resistant to antibiotics.

"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", said Dr Paddy Horner, consultant senior lecturer in sexual health at Bristol University and co-author of the new guidelines.

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 estimated that an MG infection exists in 1 to 2 percent of the population at the moment, with rates being slightly higher among women than men.

Like any STI, the best way to prevent MG is by using condoms. "So people need to take precautions".

MG is on the rise globally.

"MG is rapidly becoming the new superbug: it's increasingly resistant to most of the antibiotics we use to treat chlamydia and changes its pattern of resistance during treatment so it's like trying to hit a moving target", Dr Peter Greenhouse, sexual health consultant from the United Kingdom, said in a statement.

"We are asking the government directly to make this funding available to prevent a public health emergency waiting to happen and which is already spiralling out of control".

Gynaecologist Peter Greenhouse said: 'It's yet another good reason to pack condoms for the summer holidays.

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

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