Health experts are warning the rare sex superbug Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) could become the next big sex superbug if people are not treated properly.
MG is a STD caused by bacteria that infects the mucous membranes of the cervix, throat, anus and urethra. It is spread by vaginal, anal and oral sex.
MG often displays little to no symptoms, or when present they show similar indication to Chlamydia and is more resilient to antibiotics.
Symptoms in men:
- Burning, Stinging or pain during urination.
- Watery discharge from the penis.
Symptoms in women:
- Abnormal discharge
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding after sex
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain in your pelvic area below your belly button.
It can be tested by a simple urine or swab test and is usually treated with a seven day course of doxycycline followed by a course of azithromycin, however health professionals have warned the bug is becoming more resilient to antibiotics.
Testing can be carried out at your local GUM clinic however not all areas are offering testing for it.
The best way to prevent the disease like all other STI’s and STD’s is to practice safe sex.