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What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium, also known as MG or M. genitalium, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) causing inflammation of the urethra or urethritis and can lead to pain and discharge when urinating. Though MG predominately affects men, women are also susceptible to this bacterial infection. MG is hard to diagnose and can be easily misidentified.

Mycoplasma Genitalium Diagnosis

In the past, MG was considered to be the secondary cause of many different infections but in recent studies, it has been found to be the primary cause. MG is a persistent bacteria that is hard to diagnose and is easily mistaken as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or bacterial vaginosis (BV). To correctly diagnosis MG, your primary care physician has to request lab tests specifically designed to identify MG.


In recent years, MG has become more resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infection. This is a rising concern for the healthcare community concerning STIs. If you think you may be at risk for contracting an STI or have symptoms associated with MG you should reach out to your healthcare provider to get tested. If you have questions concerning mycoplasma genitalium or other STIs, contact your Nurx™ medical provider for more information.

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