The Common STD You’ve Never Heard Of

Scientists believe the STD mycoplasma genitalium—Mgen—infects 1-3% of the population. However, it often doesn’t cause symptoms or is easily confused with better-known conditions. That’s a big problem because Mgen may be linked to pelvic inflammatory disease—another understudied condition that causes infertility.
Mgen has no approved test in the US. But researchers keen to raise Mgen’s profile are trialing a diagnostic test already in play in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The bacterial infection has been on scientists’ radar since 1980, but the CDC only acknowledged it as an STD in 2015—and stopped short of recommending regular testing.
The Baltimore Sun

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