Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug

Pack those condoms’ Sex health docs warn rare STI could become ‘superbug Rare STI could turn into superbug, doctors warn
Anna Jefferson | 12 July, 2018, 12:21

Thousands of women could become infertile every year thanks to an increasingly risky sexually-transmitted infection spread by people having unsafe sex on holiday.

It often has no symptoms at all, but if left untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, and ultimately infertility in women.

Dr Paddy Horner, consultant senior lecturer in sexual health at Bristol University and one of the authors of the new guidelines, said: "This is not curing the infection and is causing antimicrobial resistance in MG patients".

Experts say a lack of test kits means it is regularly confused with chlamydia and treated with incorrect doses of antibiotics - building up risky antibiotic resistance which could see it soon become untreatable.

If you've never heard of MG, that's not surprising.

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The infection was discovered in 1981 but very few people - even doctors - knew about it until recently.

Though symptoms are rare, they can include a burning sensation when urinating and pain or bleeding during and after sex.

Last year a report by health think tank the Kings Fund revealed that local authorities were cutting sexual health services budgets by £30m in 2017-18 - a five per cent cut compared to the previous year. It can also lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. It is not known whether MG affects a man's fertility. It's estimated that an MG infection exists in 1 to 2 percent of the population at the moment, with rates being slightly higher among women than men.

Like any STI, the best way to prevent MG is by using condoms. Once infected, it is typically treated using common antibiotics, such as doxycycline, pristinamycin, or minocycline.

There is also concern the STI may grow resistant to antibiotics if not treated correctly.

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