It has been reported that there are over 25 different strands of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), with new and emerging STDs increasing yearly. One of the latest emerging STDs is called Mycoplasma genitalium. Even more shocking than the rapidly rising number of STD strands is the research that shows that Mycoplasma genitalium has been linked to HIV in women carriers.
Women who have Mycoplasma genitalium are more likely to acquire HIV than women who do not have the STD, in fact, their risk almost doubles.
Every year more research is being done on STDs and the increased risk they pose on contracting HIV. The specific study that links the increased risk in Mycoplasma genitalium for HIV was done by Wolters Kluwer Health. The research took a sampling of women from Uganda and Zimbabwe who had HIV.
A large number of the women who had contracted HIV had been infected with Mycoplasma genitalium prior to contracting HIV.
The research showed that the women with Mycoplasma Genitalium were twice as likely to contract HIV than women who did not have Mycoplasma genitalium.
Mycoplasma genitalium is an infection that was discovered in 1980. The infection is called an emerging STD because cases of it are on the rise. Mycoplasma genitalium is now the third most common STD contracted in the United States.
What is Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitialium is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual intercourse. This bacteria can lead to several other medical problems among men and women.
Mens STD Complications
Mycoplasma genitalium found in men can also cause nongonococcal urethritis. Nongonoccal urethritis is described as a urethritis that is not caused by gonorrhea.
Womens STD Complications
In women Mycoplasma genitalium can turn into bacterial vaginosis or cervictis. And while most doctors may not screen for Mycoplasma gentialium once vaginosis or cervictis is found, it is vital to get screened anyway.
If you think you have contracted Mycoplasma genitalium you should get tested immediately. Getting tested will help you get the medical attention you need for treatment. Mycoplasma genitalium can be treated with antibiotics.
If you are sexually active don’t be afraid to ask your partner about their sexual history. The more you know about yourself and your partner, from a potential STD standpoint, the better. Find a STD testing center in your area find the truth for yourself.