Mycoplasma Genitalium (Mgen): The Hidden STI and Testing Challenges

June 5, 2023

The CDC advises not to test asymptomatic people. However, sex partners of patients with symptomatic Mgen infection should receive testing.

Mycoplasma Genitalium (Mgen): The Hidden STI and Testing Challenges

Mycoplasma genitalium (Mgen) is an emerging sexually transmitted infection (STI) that poses a significant threat to reproductive health. Unfortunately, traditional testing methods like culture often struggle to detect this stealth bacterium. In this blog article, we explore the dangers of Mgen as an STI and shed light on the shortcomings of standard testing methods.

Mycoplasma genitalium (Mgen) is a minuscule parasitic bacterium that infects the genital and urinary tracts through unprotected sexual intercourse. The bacterium can cause various complications in males and females, including pelvic inflammatory disease, urethritis, cervicitis, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.Mgen prevalence varies, with an estimated 1.7% among people aged 14-59 years in the United States. Symptoms of Mgen include dysuria, urethral pruritus, purulent or mucopurulent urethral discharge in men, and vaginal discharge, itching, dysuria, and pelvic discomfort in women. Rectal infections are also possible but often asymptomatic.The challenges arise when it comes to detecting Mgen. Traditional testing methods like culture have limitations due to the bacterium's slow growth (up to six months), and the presence of asymptomatic carriers. Consequently, Mgen can go undetected, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment and increased transmission rates.

Flow Health's advanced PCR test offers a reliable solution for detecting Mgen. By utilizing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology, this test amplifies the bacterium's genetic material, ensuring highly sensitive and specific detection. Additionally, the PCR test provides more rapid results, enabling accurate and prompt treatment.

As the global prevalence of Mgen continues to rise, the demand for a reliable testing method that surpasses the limitations of traditional approaches becomes more pressing. Early detection can significantly decrease the risk of complications and transmission. Regular PCR testing for sexually transmitted infections, including Mgen, is vital. Trust Flow Health to safeguard your sexual health and well-being.

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