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New STD discovered

Although the MG seems a new STD, the existence of the bacterium was first reported in the early 1980s.
Although the MG seems a new STD, the existence of the bacterium was first reported in the early 1980s.But at that time researchers didn't have the right types of test to study M.genitalium. The connection for transmitting it via sexual activity just came around the mid-1990s, according to an interview in Livescience with Lisa Manhart, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Mycoplasma genitalium, known as MG, has very few symptoms but is now known to be passed on through sex. It is estimated to affect 1% of 16- to 44-year-olds who report having had at least one sexual partner, and used no condoms. It is even more common with people who had at least four new sexual partners with whom they had unprotected sex.

Almost no Symptoms

The symptoms are vague: Men can have a burning pain while urinating or discharge from the penis. For women it can lead to pain in the lower abdomen and pain or bleeding during or after sex. Although according to the new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology, about 94 percent of men and 56 percent of women infected with M.genitalium had no symptoms at all. Further research into the clinical implication of infection and the long term complications of of MG infection are needed before work could begin on possible screening or steps to prevent it. In the US the Food and Drug Administration has no approved a test for M.genitalium, and doctors do not routinely test for the bacteria. Treatment for M.genitalium is often a five-day course of antibiotics.

Dr. Steve McGough

"Dr. Steve McGough the author of numerous books dealing with wellness, massage, and intimacy. He has a Doctorate of Human Sexuality from the IASHS, and a BS in Biochemistry (focusing on nutrition) from UNC-Chapel Hill. Steve has an extensive background in massage and various Asian healing practices. He's the Director of R&D at Women and Couples Wellness, and a professor of Clinical Sexology. During graduate research, Steve developed new techniques to help women with anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm). Through this, he's worked with several thousand women and couples researching female orgasm. Steve has been published in academic journals on topics ranging from neuroscience research to sexology. He has multiple US & International patents in areas for women's pelvic and sexual health. A distinction with his approach is the view that sexual health is an integral part of overall health. Steve is frequently interviewed in Prevention, Women's Health, Medical Daily, CNBC, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Ask Men, etc. He & his wife Wendy frequently teach at Young Swingers Week, Naughty N Nawlins, Hedonism II, etc.
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