Knock! Knock! Who’s There? It’s The New STD In Town! My Name Is MG.
It’s a great day to learn about the female body, health and hygiene as we definitely want and need to know all you can on how to maintain great health for your beautiful self.
You may know of the common STDs such as Staphylococcus, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Chlamydia, Trick and so many more I’ll defer from naming; but have you heard of Mycoplasma Genitalium or MG for short? Take a read, it just got interesting.
The mantra “always have protected sex” is well popularized for reasons such as these because there are so many previously unnamed STDs suddenly showing up on sex street and only those living on faithful boulevard and protected sex avenue are truly safe from their grip. Men should also take note as it affects them too.
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Dear woman, you really (emphasis on really), need to start (if you haven’t been) being smart about sex. It’s a momentary pleasure so you need to ensure that your health isn’t put at risk just for a ‘cum’.
A newly published study in the International Journal of Epidemiology reveals, this disease Mycoplasma Genitalium, MG, is a bacteria that finds its home in the urinary and genital tracts of women. Those who are infected with it display symptoms such as bleeding after sex. Other signs linked to it are unusual discharge from the vagina, pain in the vagina when having sex, bleeding between menstruation and lower pelvic pain.
MG got its first attention in the 1980s when scientists isolated it then because there wasn’t sufficient information identifying it as an STD at that point. Now, it has been brought to light by Researchers from the University College London and has been proven to be a Sexually Transmitted Disease. Call it blast from the past.
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These researchers studied fifteen-thousand women and men between the ages sixteen to forty-four from data analyzed by Britain’s third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. Those who partook in the survey had to answer questions regarding history of STDs, current symptoms of STDs, and sexual habits.
A separate group of people numbering four-thousand-five-hundred-and-seven out of those that participated had urine samples taken from them. Sexes include men and women from eighteen to forty-four who has had at least one sexual partner.
The Researchers discovered that forty-eight women and twenty-four men tested positive for MG even though the disease was still in its unknown state. Therefore these people were living with a bacteria they didn’t even know existed.
The researchers also found strong relationship between the number of sexual partners, number of unsafe sex encounters and chances of having MG over a one year period ie measured over a period of one year, those who tested positive had strong tendencies to have numerous sexual partners as well as practiced unsafe sex. Those who had more up to and more than four sexual partners were at an even higher risk.
The scariest part about the research was the discovery that fifty six percent (25 of the 48 women) of the women who tested positive for MG displayed no symptoms like pain during sex and vaginal discharge; although they experienced slight bleeding after sex.
To push the research further, researchers took urine samples from two-hundred-and-five teenagers between sixteen and seventeen year old virgins. They have never had vaginal, anal, or oral sex. They all came back negative for MG. Those who’ve had only oral sex tested positive for MG. This leads to conclude that MG is sexually transmitted.
There’s presently no data on its epidemiology ie cause or cure. The only information available at the moment is that it’s a sexually transmitted infection that can become a sexually transmitted disease.
It’s common in men of high risk sexual behavior between the ages of twenty-five to thirty-four years. It can be contracted by anyone who is sexually active irrespective of your sexual preference.
It’s also very common in girls between the ages of sixteen to nineteen years old and seemed to reduce with age for women.
The Researchers indicate;
It is worthy to note that certain potential oblique can affect the results of studies in sexual behavior research.
MG is more likely to be detected in vaginal swabs than in urine samples leading to the deduction that since observations were been made from those women who were tested using their urine sample, there could actually be more women who have MG but didn’t test positive using the study’s testing method.
You might test negative via the urine sample but to get accurate test results, a vaginal swab needs to be carried out.
Researchers are hopeful that evolving technology will soon make available a means that allows people to get tested for certain STDs and MG at the same time, hopefully your doctor keeps up with standard soon.
To protect yourself, embrace your condoms or cumdoms as I love to call it. Always keep one in your purse. Very, very important seeing as there are lots of unknown STDs that will be hitting the streets soon and you don’t want to be caught on ‘had I known’ lane.
It is important you avoid having sex with anyone whose health status you can’t vouch for.
Protect yourself. Protect your kingdom. Protect your cum.
Live, Love, Learn.
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