A little-known sexually transmitted infection is becoming resistant to antibiotics, health experts are warning.
The STI, which is called mycoplasma genitalium (MG), is thought i to affect hundreds of thousands of people across the world, with figures from a recent study suggesting that one in 100 adults in the UK carry the disease.
As the number of cases of MG continue rise, health experts are concerned that that the STI is going unrecognised because it rarely causes symptoms.
However, signs of infection can include watery discharge from the penis or vagina and a burning sensation during urination.
Women may also notice pain during sex, bleeding after sex and bleeding between periods, the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre reports.
Worryingly, if left untreated, MG can also lead to lead to infertility and premature births.
“Although mycoplasma genitalium has been known about for a few decades, it’s only more recently that research has suggested that it can be transmitted sexually, and it’s not usually included as part of a routine STI screening, which helps explain why not many people have heard of it,” Bekki Burbidge, Deputy Chief Executive of the sexual health charity
Family Planning Association (FPA), told The Independent