Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) is the smallest known bacterium that can replicate itself. It typically invades the cells lining the genital and urinary tracts (epithelial cells) but has also been found in these cells in the rectum (end of the bowel) and lungs. In a laboratory setting, it can take weeks or months to grow and humans can be infected for years. It is not known how long it takes for a person to become infected after they’ve been exposed to the bacteria – the test requires a swab for women and urine for men.
BASHH recommends testing people when they have possible symptoms of MG, such as vaginal and penile discharge, pelvic pain, or pain when urinating. BASHH also recommends testing sexual partners of people with a MG infection.
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