What is MG? Many people are unaware of the latest emerging sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is causing concern among health experts. There are fears that the disease could become the next ‘superbug’ unless people take the right precautions. Are you in charge of your sexual health? Find out more about MG and what you can do to take care of your sexual health.
MG (Mycoplasma genitalium) is a sexually transmitted infection which many people are unaware of and is very rarely mentioned in the news or in health articles. Like chlamydia and some other STDs, MG displays little to no symptoms. However, MG can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave women infertile.
It’s also a difficult disease to spot and is often overlooked by tests. If left for too long, it can be difficult to treat with antibiotics – as the disease can build up an immunity to them. Now, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV is providing the public with new advice to help identify and prevent the disease.
Signs of MG and getting tested
The signs of MG can be difficult to spot, but some of the symptoms include abdominal or vaginal pain, a discharge from the vagina or urethra and pain during intercourse. Many GUM clinics don’t currently test for MG as routine, but if you are experiencing any symptoms that are ringing alarm bells, you should get it checked out. If you test positive, your doctor will advise you on treatment, which in most cases will include a course of antibiotics and avoiding sexual contact for several weeks.
In many cases, MG won’t need treatment, but concerns about its spread have meant more and more clinics and GP surgeries will begin offering the tests. You can help raise awareness by talking to your friends about the disease and encouraging them to be more vigilant about the symptoms.
Preventing MG and other STDs
Demonstrating self-care by taking care of your sexual health is important. Getting tested for STDs can help ensure you’re aware of all the risks while using condoms is the most reliable method for preventing STDs.
There are a range of sexual health services available in East Berkshire to help you take care of your sexual health. Some of the following services can help you get the advice and care you need to prevent and treat STDs:
Family Planning Clinics
Bracknell’s The Garden Clinic can give you advice about different types of contraception, as well as provide you with testing and emergency contraception.
Drop in testing clinics
Get checked for STIs with a drop-in at Time to Test. Regular testing can help you stop the spread of STIs and alert you to any problems you might be facing.
Pharmacies are a great place to get advice about sexual health, as well as purchase condoms and spermicides. They can also provide emergency contraception to those who need it – although under 16s may be referred to a family planning clinic instead.
With the range of sexual health services available in East Berkshire, you have multiple help points to prevent STDs as well as get treatment. Practice safe sex to avoid STIs like MG and make an appointment with your GP if you display symptoms which are in line with those of a sexually-transmitted disease.