Health & Fit: Untreatable STI Causes Infertility and Miscarriages Due To “Silent Spread”

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Amid an “out of control” STD epidemic, experts are concerned about a new sexually transmitted disease that may be a “superbug” resistant to antibiotics.

The sexually transmitted bacterial infection called Mycoplasma genitalium, commonly referred to as M. genitalium or M. gen, can result in genital pain, bleeding, swelling, infertility, and miscarriage.

Scientists claim that the lack of information and limited testing for the virus outbreak is the most concerning part.

According to NBC News, maternal-fetal medicine associate professor, Dr. Irene Stafford of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston said, “It’s a real concern. Why are we not looking into this?”

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M. gen can occasionally be asymptomatic, and people might carry the infection for years without realizing it. However, the complications can be severe, much like other common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

In May, a study was published in the Sexually Transmitted Infections journal that women who carried M. gen. had a  greater risk of premature birth.

Earlier this week, Stafford called for more research and testing into the STI during the CDC’s conference on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
Transmission of M. gen can be transmitted by genital-to-genital sex and mother-to-baby transmission.
During an interview with the Daily Mail, Simon Clarke, an associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading in England, said the STI could develop into a “superbug” completely resistant to antibiotics.

According to Clarke, the issue is a lack of knowledge about the disease, which will only make it more prevalent as long as people are unaware of it.

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Doctors’ continued use of the antibiotics typically used to treat STIs feeds the bacteria’s resistance to those drugs, the professor claims, creating a vicious cycle that leads to the development of superbugs. As a result, M. gen. can develop into a superbug.

M. gen is not recommended for regular tests by the CDC, and as of 2019, the only way to identify it is to use Aptima nucleic acid amplification tests.
Only patients who test negative for other STIs and exhibit ongoing symptoms will be given an M. gen test.
Some identifiable symptoms include:
  • Pain and discomfort while urinating.
  • Abnormal discharge for both men and women.
  • Women might also experience pain in the lower abdomen and bleeding after sex.

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