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New STD superbug could make 3,000 women infertile every year, health experts warn

Mirror logo Mirror 11/07/2018 Martin Bagot

© Provided by Shutterstock A new sexually transmitted superbug will make 3,000 women infertile every year unless it is tackled, experts have warned.

Cash-strapped NHS services are misdiagnosing the infection called mycoplasma genitalium (MG) because of a lack of testing kits which cost just £4 each.

The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has issued new NICE-approved guidelines today to prevent an explosion of infection rates within 5 to 10 years.

a close up of a piece of paper © Provided by Credits: Alamy MG currently affects one in 100 people and if untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) 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.

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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.”

© Provided by Shutterstock Data released under Freedom of Information laws shows only one in 10 local commissioners are buying the vital test kits needed to fight the sexually transmitted infection (STI) which currently .

The new national guidelines are for women with symptoms of MG to be given the test and treated with the correct medication.

Dr Peter Greenhouse, sexual consultant in Bristol and BASHH member said: “It’s about time the public learned about mycoplasma genitalium.

“Without the funds to diagnose MG properly, or the ability for people to get to clinics for checkups, we’ll never get on top of this infection.”

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