What you should know about this ‘new’ STD

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A new study suggests there’s a new sexually transmitted disease known as mycoplasma genitalium, or MG.

Scientists have known about MG since the ’80’s but new findings published in the International Journal of Epidemiology reveal that the bacterial infection is spread through sexual contact.

Health.com spoke to Raquel Dardik, MD, a clinical associate professor at NYU Langone’s Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health to get the facts.

Dr. Dardik says there are often no symptoms for people infected with MG. Women may have irritation, painful urination, and bleeding after sex. For men, there may be painful urination or a watery discharge from the penis.

MG has been linked to both inflammation in the cervix (cervicitis) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

You can get tested for MG, but it may be difficult. There aren’t many labs that offer the test, but with these new findings that could change.

MG is treatable with antibiotics, says Dr. Darik, with the same “Z-pack” you take for something like a strep throat.

Dr. Darik says condoms are the best method for prevention.