Mycoplasma Genitalium

Greg Johnston and Scott Simigian

Signs and symptoms

In men:

-bacteria can cause inflammation of the urethra or "urethritis"

-inflammation leads to symptoms such as burning while urinating or discharge from the penis

In women:

-symptoms less clear, but the bacteria have been linked to inflammation of the cervix

-infection of the female reproductive organs that lead to pain in the lower abdomen, as well as bleeding during sex

-inflammation in the pelvic area can lead to infertility

Prevention and Protection Against

Treatment: use any antibiotics to lower inflammation, such as azithromycin and doxycycline

Complications it can cause in later years

-weakens your immune system so you become more susceptible to other infections

-the microplasma genitalium makes it more easy to contract chlamydia, which means you can transact the diseases from mother to baby

-can cause infertility

Steps to Prevention

-practice safer sex with the proper use of condoms

-both you and your partner should receive STD screenings before sexual activity

-above all, the best way to avoid contracting an STD is to practice abstinence.