Mycoplasma : a sexually transmitted infection is frequent, resistant to antibiotics, but unknown

Health 20 January, 2018


Published the 20.01.2018 at 18: 15
Update the 20.01.2018 at 19h26


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Backstab, which is very frequent and strong. So could we summarize the pedigree of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), very little is known of young adults as they are the first target, especially if they have multiple sexual partners. It is named Mycoplasma genitalium, and it becomes a public health problem.

An STI very unobtrusive but invasive

Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial infection that some experts compare to Chlamydia. Problem, it has become increasingly frequent and increasingly resistant to a number of antibiotics. Worse, it gives the more often that signs, discrete or even no signs at all, which means that most patients do not know they are not infected… and contaminate their partners.

Signs discreet but complications

In the worst cases, women may experience discomfort when passing urine and have abnormal vaginal discharge or unexpected bleeding between the rules. Men can also have a slight burning sensation when urinating or a small flow of water within the urethra.
Not supported, the infection with Mycoplasma can be responsible for complications such as an inflammatory disease of the small pelvis, miscarriage or infertility.

An effective test to break the release

According to a british study, 1.2% of English aged less than 44 years of age are infected by Mycoplasma, while the majority have no symptoms. It would be the same in Australia where a recent study estimated that 400 000 Australians, or about 2% of the population, would be contaminated. Sexually active young adults with multiple sexual partners are at greatest risk of catching it.
Fortunately, there is a new test developed in Australia that can easily evaluate the infection. “We’re no longer in the black,” reassures dr Alexandra Marceglia, chief of service for the sexual health service of the royal hospital of Melbourne. “We can treat patients immediately with the right antibiotic that will be most effective “.

It is essential that this new test will become a routine test when individuals are screened for sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV infections.