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Doctors in the United Kingdom are warning that a sexually transmitted infection called Mycoplasma genitalium could become a "superbug" if it's not identified and treated properly in patients.
But what exactly is this disease, and why are doctors worried about it?
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Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that was first discovered in 1981, according to the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). It can cause sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in both men and women, Schaffner said. In men, the bacteria can cause inflammation of the urethra (called urethritis) that leads to symptoms such as a burning pain while urinating or discharge from the ****.
In women, bacteria have been linked to inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis), as well as symptoms such as bleeding after sex and painful urination. If left untreated, the bacteria may ascend through the cervix and lead to a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Schaffner said. PID is an infection of the female reproductive organs that can lead to pain in the lower abdomen, and in severe case, infertility in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Still, people who are infected with M. genitalium often have no symptoms, Schaffner said. It's estimated that about 1 to 2 percent of people in the general population have M. genitalium infection, according to BASHH.
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Because symptoms of M. genitalium can resemble those of chlamydia, a more common STI, patients with M. genitalium are often treated with antibiotics for chlamydia, according to CNN. But this treatment approach is a problem, because antibiotics for...
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