Recently, the Temmy Wallace Empowerment Program heard news of a new sexually transmitted infection known as MG catching our youth by surprise. As most of you know, we are committed to educating our youth on sexual health practices and ensuring men and women of all ages are armed with the knowledge to protect their bodies.
Today we’re talking all things MG and how you can help protect yourself from this and all other sexually transmitted infections.
According to an article written in the New York Post, a little-known, sometimes symptom less sexually transmitted disease is set to be the next super-bug within a decade — if people don’t wise up about their sex lives, experts are warning.
Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, is a sexually transmitted bacteria that can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and, ultimately, infertility in women if not treated properly.
Symptoms of MG can be similar to gonorrhea and chlamydia — but often, there are no signs of an infection at all. That means some people may not even be aware they’ve been infected until bigger problems arise.
“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.” Dr. Paddy Horner told the Telegraph. In women, MG can cause a burning sensation when urinating and pain or bleeding during and after sex. Men might experience watery discharge from their penis.
If left untreated, MG can result in infertility or pre-term delivery, according to BASHH and the CDC. The good news: Right now, this is not a huge threat in the U.S. About 1 percent of American young adults have MG.
MG, like all other sexually transmitted infections or diseases is preventable by practicing safe sex or abstaining. For questions about safe sex practices, feel free to reach out to the Temmy Wallace empowerment program or visit The CDC’s STD Prevention Information Page here.