Mycoplasma (MG)

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a sexually transmitted bacterium that was first identified in the 1980s. It's known for causing urogenital infections and can be transmitted through sexual contact. MG is a significant cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men and has been linked to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. It is known for its prolonged and sometimes asymptomatic nature, making it a concern for sexual health....

Mycoplasma (MG)

What are the symptoms of Mycoplasma (MG)?

  • In men: Urethritis, resulting in symptoms like burning sensation during urination, and discharge from the penis
  • In women: Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), such as pelvic pain, fever, vaginal discharge, and pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse and between periods in women
  • It’s often asymptomatic, especially in women

How soon after exposure should I get tested for Mycoplasma (MG)?

Testing for Mycoplasma genitalium is recommended if you exhibit symptoms of a urogenital infection or if your sexual partner has been diagnosed with an MG infection. Due to its potentially asymptomatic nature and incubation period, testing immediately after exposure might not yield accurate results. Waiting for 2-3 weeks post-exposure or until symptoms manifest is generally advised for more accurate testing.

What is the treatment for Mycoplasma (MG)?

The treatment for Mycoplasma genitalium usually involves antibiotics. Initially, azithromycin was the antibiotic of choice, but due to increasing resistance, other antibiotics like moxifloxacin are now often recommended. Treatment can be complicated by antibiotic resistance, so it’s important to follow medical advice closely and potentially undergo follow-up testing to ensure the infection is cleared.

How can I protect myself from Mycoplasma (MG)?

Prevention of Mycoplasma genitalium infection involves practicing safer sex, including the consistent use of condoms during sexual activity. Reducing the number of sexual partners and ensuring regular sexual health check-ups, especially if you have new or multiple partners, are key preventive measures. Open communication with sexual partners about STI testing and status is also important.

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