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Health & Fit Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug

21:08  11 july  2018
21:08  11 july  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Superbugs - Antibiotic resistance . Global Health Security. Sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ). Doctors are warning that a little-known but increasingly common sexually transmitted disease is in danger of becoming a superbug , with sexual health clinics lacking the tools to diagnose

Last year, England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, warned that antibiotic resistance could spell “the end of modern medicine”, with routine operations becoming impossible because doctors run out of antibiotics to keep common infections at bay.

condom © Provided by Business Insider condom It's not a great time to be having unprotected sex. Cases of syphilis are on the rise, there's something called super-gonorrhea going around, and according to BASHH, there's a new STI you can catch.

What makes it even worse is that doctors have warned the new infection could become a superbug — like MRSA — if it isn't treated properly.

The bacteria is called Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), and it causes similar symptoms to chlamydia, such as painful urination. It often has no symptoms at all, but if left untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, and ultimately infertility in women.

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Doctors and scientists have been warning us for years that the overuse of antibiotics could result in a “ super bug .” An antibiotic - resistant bacteria, they said, could utterly devastate entire populations, and potentially lead to utter catastrophe.

An estimated 2% of people are infected in the UK, so The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has released new guidelines about how to treat and diagnose MG.

MG can be treated with a five-day course of antibiotics, but it is increasingly becoming more resistant to different antibiotic drugs. This is made worse by the fact MG is often misdiagnosed, and can go untreated.

"This is not curing the infection and is causing antimicrobial resistance in MG patients," Paddy Horner, a consultant senior lecturer in sexual health at Bristol University and one of the authors of the new guidelines, told the BBC. "If practices do not change and the tests are not used, MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics."

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Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug- resistant superbugs . “On current trends, a common disease like gonorrhea may become untreatable,” Chan said. “ Doctors facing patients will have to say, ‘I’m sorry - there’s nothing I can do for you.’”

Doctors have long warned that decades of reliance on these drugs will lead to a "post- antibiotic era"– a return to time where a scratch could kill and common operations are too risky. While these cases are rare, reports of a highly resistant superbug are rising, and infection control doctors are worried.

Like any STI, the best way to prevent MG is by using condoms. Even if you have a regular partner, it's best to get tested at least once a year.

"The new BASHH guideline on MG is a positive step forward to improving testing and diagnosis," said Helen Fifer, a consultant microbiologist at Public Health England.

"If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic. Everyone can protect themselves from STIs by consistently and correctly using condoms with new and casual partners."

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