STI warning: Experts fear ‘stealth’ bug which makes women infertile will be untreatable

By Douglas Patient for the Daily Star UK

The mycoplasma genitalium bug, known as MG, makes women infertile.

One in every 100 British adults aged 18 to 44 are already thought to be infected with the bug.

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Experts are warning that this figure is set to double within 10 years as it becomes untreatable.

A total of 3,000 women a year could lose the ability to have children, the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) said.

BASHH has published the first official guidelines on management of MG on Wednesday. 

Paddy Horner, of BASHH, told Daily Mail: “MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics.

“The greatest consequence of this is for the women who present with pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG, which would be very hard to treat, putting them at increased risk of infertility.”