Here are Another STD Shoots Concern
There is yet another STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) that the patients and doctors need to be concerned for – the Mycoplasma Genitalium.
The new research from London, England was even added to the evidence that MG bacteria or Mycoplasma Genitalium is transmitted through a sexual contact. The researchers until not were not sure how this often-symptom less infection, recognized in early 1980, was spread.
However, the current study of over 4,500 British people found MG to be prevalent in 1% of participants and connected to the risky behaviors in sex such as unsafe sexual practices and having multiple sex partners in prior year.
This research suggests that MG warrants much more attention than it was received to date, according to Betsy Foxman, an epidemiology professor at University of Michigan, who specialized in the infectious diseases.
Her impression about this infection is that MG isn’t on radar of most of the general practitioners, but with 1% prevalence, this is the kind of infection that the physicians must learn to understand more about.
The bacteria is infecting the urethra, anus, throat or cervix’s mucus membranes. If left untreated, the infection in men can lead to the inflammation of urethra, the tube that lead seen and urine through the penis. Among women, this raises the risk for infertility, ectopic pregnancy or preterm delivery, said by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the new research, the researchers in England at University College London analyzed urine samples from thousands of British residents who are sexually experienced between 2010 and 2012. The participants aged 16 to 44 years old.
The samples have revealed the same infection rates in females and males – 1.3% and 1.2%, respectively.
No infections were notice among boys aged between 16 and 19; on the other hand, 2.4% of girls aged 16 to 19 percent were infected, the highest percentage on the female age group.
The rate of infection among women is steadily decreased after 19 years old, while the highest infection rate among men is 25 to 34, the age group that might not be embattled in efforts to lower STDs among the young people, the researchers noted.
However, a few study participants had their symptoms. Nearly 95% of the infected men claimed that none of symptoms that are generally associated with STD, such as inflammation, odor, pain, discharge, or irritation. Similar was true for 56% of women with Mycoplasma Genitalium who lacked discharge, bleeding, inflammation or vaginal irritation.
However, some women claimed that they were bleeding after having sex. The researchers analyzed the results of the accompanying survey and concluded that, despiteof the few classic symptoms of STD, the risk for Mycoplasma Genitalium infection was strongly associated with sexual activities.
This study strengthens the evidence that Mycoplasma Genitalium should be categorized as a STD, according to the most recent issue of International Journal of Epidemiology.
So what’s the prevention? The researchers agreed that as with another STD shoots concern, there will be much greater risk if you’re sexually active.