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Thursday, October 31, 2013

New STD Threat: M. Genitalium

Mycoplasma genitalium is looming to become the most serious STD that can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). It's difficult to test for, and not susceptible to the same antibiotics that treat Chlamydia or gonorrhea. What is most worrisome to gynos is that it's thought that resistance to the antibiotic that is currently effective, moxifloxacin, is going to develop very rapidly. Even asymptomatic mycoplasma organism, is popping up so frequently researchers out of Sweden have discovered it's almost as common as chlamydia. This bug can cause infections of your fallopian tubes known as salpingitis or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Mycoplasma can also cause infections of the cervix called cervicitis, or infections associated with pregnancy such as infection after termination, delivery or miscarriage. Untreated infections can put you at risk for infertility, tubal pregnancies and pregnancy loss. Both the consequence of pelvic pain, any association with miscarriage, and infertility can be prevented if caught in the early stages and treated.The catching it is the problem, as there are actually no FDA approved tests for the organism, so you may want to check with your gyno about what laboratory she's using and how she best help you be monitored.

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