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Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a STI caused by bacteria which infects the cervix, urethra and anus.
MG can be passed on by vaginal and anal sex without a condom with someone who has MG.
If you have a vagina, you may experience:
If you have a penis, you may experience:
If you have a vagina, the test is usually a urine sample, a vaginal or a cervical swab.
If you have a penis, the test is usually a urine sample.
If you have an anal infection, the test is an anal swab.
MG is usually treated with two courses of antibiotics. Both courses need to be taken to cure the infection.
2 - 3 weeks after taking the antibiotics, you need to be tested again to make sure the antibiotics have worked.
You should either not have sex or use condoms or dams 100% of the time for all sexual contacts until you and your partner(s) have a negative MG test result.
Using condoms or dams for vaginal and anal sex is the best way to protect yourself from MG.
When you've been diagnosed with an STI like this, all of your sexual partners from the last few months should be checked by a doctor.
It is very important that all your sex partners (regular and casual) are checked because if STIs are not treated they may cause serious problems later on.
If you have difficulty telling your partners, you can use Let Them Know for sample conversations, emails, text messages and letters you can send to your partners either personally or anonymously.
This fact sheet provides general sexual health information and is not intended to replace the need for a consultation with your doctor.
If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your doctor.
If you require urgent care, you should go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 000.