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What is mycoplasma genitalium and how do you get it?

Many people have never heard of mycoplasma genitalium, so thanks for posting this question.  I can offer some basics that will answer your question.

Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that can infect the mucous membranes of the cervix, urethra, throat and anus.  It can affect any gender and can be transmitted through vaginal sex, anal sex or oral sex with someone who has mycoplasma genitalium.

This STI (sexually transmitted infection) may result in stinging or burning when passing urine through the penis or a discharge from the penis.  People with vaginas may experience pain in the pelvic area or abnormal vaginal discharge.  But STIs do not always present symptoms. Often, people who pass an STI to a sexual partner do not know that they have an infection. The only way to know is to get tested.

During an STI appointment, be honest with the provider about the type of sex your engage in so that they can help you decide which screenings are appropriate for you.  If mycoplama genitalium is detected it can be treated with oral antibiotics.

We encourage people to use safer sex practices like condoms, lube, and sex dams during sex,
conversations about STIs and testing with your partner(s), routine STI testing, and treatment for any infections that are detected.

Hope this helps, if you have more questions, talk to your doctor or an STI testing clinic.  Street Connections has a map of testing clinics in Manitoba.  Or visit the Nine Circles Community Health Centre to find out how to be tested at Nine Circles.