What is Mycoplasma genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that is transmitted through unprotected intercourse. It typically causes infection of the urinary tract and/or cervix. It takes 1-2 weeks from exposure until symptoms occur.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms cannot be distinguished from the symptoms of chlamydia, which might be painful urination and sometimes clear discharge from the urethra. In women, the symptoms might also include vaginal discharge and bleeding related to intercourse.
Some people infected with mycoplasma genitalium will, as with chlamydia, not develop any symptoms. In complicated cases, women can develop pelvic inflammatory disease, such as endometritis or salpingitis. Mycoplasma is not
as common as chlamydia, which is why it is not routinely tested for.
How is Mycoplasma genitalium diagnosed?
Secretions from the urinary tract, cervix, rectum and throat, depending on sexual exposure, are analyzed in the laboratory. Test results are usually available after ten days.
What is the treatment?
The infection is treated with antibiotics depending on the analysis of the bacterial resistance. During treatment, you are to refrain from sexual intercourse, even with a condom.
Possible side-effects from treatment
In some cases, patients experience abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. In rare cases, treatment can cause allergic reactions such as rash and urticaria.
You need a follow-up appointment
You will be offered a follow-up test 5 weeks after treatment, in order to ensure that the infection is cured.
Your partners should get tested
It is important that your previous sexual partners get tested, going back 6 months, even if they have no symptoms.
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Where is the clinic located?
The clinic is located at Bispebjerg Hospital on Nielsine Nielsens Vej 3, Indgang 5, 1st floor. At the hospital’s website there is an interactive map of the hospital