As if you didn't believe in the power of condoms before, here's another reason to wrap your stuff up. It's called Mycoplasma Genitalium and thousands of people could already be infected with it.
First discovered in the 1980s, MG is transmitted through unprotected sex and can actually cause bleeding after sex for women, along with inflammation of the urethra. Yikes.
4,500 urine samples from Britain's third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles showed that Mycoplasma Genitalium was prevalent in up to 1% of the general British population aged 16 to 44, reports Eurekalert. While 50% MG-positive women (90% of MG-positive men) are typically asymptomatic, the infection could cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women if left untreated.
Still, not much is known about this disease, regardless of the fact that it's been around for 30 years. "Further research is needed to understand the clinical implications of infection and possible longer-term complications. This information, together with information on resistance patterns to guide antibiotic choice, will inform recommendations on how to test for and manage MG infection," reports Dr. Pam Sonnenberg, an STI expert at University College London and lead author of the paper on the infection. So... we'll see what happens?
Seriously, guys. Wrap it up.
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and is gonna stick to all the old, cool STIs for now.