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18th Jan 2018

New Super STI Bug Is Spreading And Is Becoming Resistant To Antibiotics

Darragh Berry

A new STI superbug could cause infertility and premature birth in pregnant women but what’s worse, nobody knows about it.

Experts have warned that Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), can be spread as easy as sexual touching or rubbing and is now becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Professor Suzanne Garland, from Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, told that people who were infected with the bug often had no symptoms.

“Some men will have pain when urinating, while some women report pain during sex or when urinating.

“Young, sexually active men and women with different partners are at risk.

“It’s essentially acting like a superbug, with research showing at least 50 per cent of people have a drug-resistant MG, limiting their treatment options.

If you do have symptoms, they can include:

Women –

  • Burning or painful sensation during urination
  • Vaginal itching
  • Pain during sex

Men –

  • Urethral discharge
  • Burning or painful sensation during urination
  • Arthritis (pain and swelling in the joints)

You can find more information on the STI superbug in Ireland here.

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