A Little-Known STI Could Become The Next Dangerous Superbug, Doctors Warn

If left untreated MG which was first discovered in the early 1980s and spreads through unprotected sex can also develop a resistance to antibiotics

It is not known whether MG affects a man's fertility.

The news comes after health officials previous year 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.

Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, is a sexually transmitted bacteria that can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and, ultimately, infertility in women if not treated properly.

It can be treated with antibiotics - but the infection is developing resistance to some of these drugs.

Paddy Horner, of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV, said: 'MG has potential to become a superbug.

The guidelines note people can be tested for MG through a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), but a BASHH survey of 125 out of 152 public health commissioners in England found only one in 10 plan to fund the testing for MG in the next financial year.

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Speaking about his experience, a person who was infected by the bacterium, told BBC, "I was diagnosed with MG previous year after meeting my new partner". If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic.

Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of Mycoplasma genitalium - although the organism is well-known to infectious disease specialists, the average doctor likely doesn't remember much about it after learning about it briefly in medical school, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

About a month into the relationship, he developed infection in the urethra and after a few weeks, he and his partner were tested positive.

"We were put on antibiotics for two weeks but had no sexual contact for five, to make sure we were clean".

Almost half of 16 to 24-year-olds admit they have had sex with a new partner without using a condom, a Public Health England report said in December.

"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". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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