I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
A drug-resistant sexually transmitted disease is now as common as chlamydia in Canada, but
testing for it is still not widely available. Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial infection
that mimics other STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Its symptoms include abnormal discharge
from the penis or vagina, discomfort or burning when urinating and bleeding between periods
for women. If left untreated, the condition can cause urethritis, or infection of the
urethra, in men and pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can eventually lead to infertility.
Mycoplasma genitalium has also been linked to HIV, which researchers said could be a
result of excessive inflammation, or the body’s immune system response to threats. Another
alarm raised by the research team is that the STD is largely resistant to common antibiotics
used to treat other STDs like gonorrhea. In the study, 58 percent of those treated with
an antibiotic used to treat chlamydia, did not respond to treatment. The study team said
that this study should lead to wider testing of mycoplasma genitalium. For dailyRx, I’m