Just when you thought there wasn’t enough to worry about, there’s now a brand new STI about… and it’s pretty nasty.
Scientists discovered Mycoglasma Genitalium – or MG – and believe hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have it and they won’t even know. Arghhh.
The bacteria has been around since the 1980’s, so you’re probably wondering ‘why am I only hearing about this now?’. Well, Possibly because more than 90 per cent of the MG-positive men and more than half the women did not report any warning signs.
This new study has finally found a link between the bacteria and having sex. So what are the symptoms, I hear you ask. Well, as stated previously some don’t get any symptoms at all, but it causes discharge and painful testicles in men and for women, bleeding after sex.
This new report published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, by University College London researchers found that the infection is transmitted through unprotected sexual activity, and plays a role in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
To reach their findings, researchers examined urine samples of 4,507 men and women between the ages of 18 and 44 who were sexually active with at least one partner. Of these participants, 48 women and 24 men were diagnosed with the new STI.
The STI peaked at 2.1 per cent in men between the ages of 25 and 34, while in women it peaked at 2.4 per cent in 16 to 19 year olds.
The researchers wrote: “For both men and women, MG was strongly associated with reporting sexual risk behaviours (increasing number of total and new partners, and unsafe sex, in the past year).”
What makes it all the more terrifying is the fact it will be years until we have routine testing available at your GP or sexual health clinic and we don’t yet know what the implications of having the STI will be.
According to the study, it’s no real surprise that MG is most common in people that have had more than four sexual partners in a year.
Their advice is simple, practice safe sex and try not to sleep around too much. Simple.