Mycoplasma genitalium Mg

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WHAT IS MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM?

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a bacterium that infects the urethra, cervix and anus.

HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?

It is sexually transmitted by unprotected vaginal and anal sex.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

Men

Some men will have no symptoms. Those with symptoms may have:

  • Pain on passing urine
  • A discharge from the penis
 

Women

Some women will have no symptoms. Those with symptoms may have:

  • Lower abnormal pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pain on passing urine
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
HOW DO YOU TEST FOR MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM?

In men we test a urine sample, a urethral or an anal swab in men. In women we test a urine sample, a vaginal or a cervical swab.

HOW IS MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM TREATED?

At MSHC, we treat MG with  two courses of antibiotics. Both need to taken to cure the infection.

WHEN IS IT SAFE TO HAVE SEX AGAIN?

You should not have sex or you should use condoms 100% of the time for all sexual contacts until you and your partner(s) have a negative MG test.

DO I NEED FURTHER TESTS AFTER I’VE BEEN TREATED?

Yes. A test of cure one month after starting treatment is needed to make sure that the antibiotics worked. 

SHOULD MY SEXUAL PARTNERS ALSO BE TREATED?

Yes. Tell all recent sexual partners that you have been diagnosed with MG and ask them to be treated. If possible get them to attend MSHC because we use antibiotics which may be hard to get elsewhere. If you have difficulty telling your partners, you can visit www.letthemknow.org.au Testing for MG is only available at some clinics.

HOW DO I AVOID GETTING MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM AGAIN?

By using condoms for vaginal and anal sex

DISCLAIMER:
This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG). It is not intended to replace the need for a consultation with your doctor. All clients are strongly advised to check with their doctor about any specific questions or concerns they may have. Every effort has been taken to ensure that the information in this pamphlet is correct at the time of printing.
Last Updated November 2017