– A new sexually transmitted disease, Mycoplasma genitalium, could make 3,000 women infertile every year and become the next super bug unless it is tackled, experts have warned.
– Cash-strapped NHS services are misdiagnosing the MG infection because of a lack of testing kits which cost just £4 ($5.30) each, reports Mirror UK.
– The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV on Wednesday issued new NICE-approved guidelines to prevent an explosion of infection rates within 5 to 10 years.
MG currently affects one in 100 people and if untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease which causes infertility.
Experts say a lack of test kits means it is regularly confused with chlamydia and treated with incorrect doses of antibiotics – building up dangerous antibiotic resistance which could see it soon become untreatable.
Paddy Horner, spokesman for the BASHH, said: “We can’t afford to continue with the approach we have followed for the past 15 years as this will undoubtedly lead to a public health emergency with the emergence of MG as a superbug.
“We are asking the government directly to make this funding available to prevent a public health emergency waiting to happen and which is already spiralling out of control.”