Yikes, There's A 'New' STD In Town

And its symptoms can go undetected!

There's a "new" STD that's been infecting hundreds of people already. It's called Mycoplasma genitalium (MG, for short), a bacterium found in the urinary and genital tracts of humans. It's not exactly new since it was discovered in the '80s, but it's described to be new because more than 90 percent of MG-positive men and more than half of MG-positive women didn't report any warning signs. And that's because it doesn't produce any symptoms. But the MG-positive women did complain about bleeding after sex.

The International Journal of Epidemiology published a study that concluded that risk of being infected with MG is higher for those who have more than four sex partners and DON'T practice safe sex.

Much is still left to know about MG, but so far it's been reported that MG can lead to male urethritis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For women, MG can cause cervicitis, endometritis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Good thing all these can be treated. Worst case scenario: You'll be infertile.

So here's a friendly reminder to have safe sex. And that if you bleed after sex and experience pelvic pain (and for guys: testicular and pelvic pain), you might consider getting yourself checked and treated.

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