MYCOPLASMA

  • GPs and GGDs don't regularly test for this STD;
  • Often causes little to no symptoms;
  • Has a higher prevalence than Gonorrhea;
  • The incubation period is 8-28 days after being exposed to the STD.

What is Mycoplasma?

Mycoplasma is an STD that is caused by the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium. At your local GP or GGD, they often do not test for Mycoplasma right away, and as a result, it is often missed. Despite Mycoplasma being relatively unknown, it is said to have a higher prevalence than Gonorrhea. Mycoplasma genitalium. Wanneer u zich bij de huisarts of GGD laat testen wordt er niet standaard op Mycoplasma getest; hierdoor wordt het regelmatig gemist. Ondanks dat de SOA wat onbekend is blijkt uit onderzoek dat Mycoplasma vaker voorkomt dan Gonorroe.

How do I get Mycoplasma?

Mycoplasma can be transmitted through sexual contact and can cause an infection in the genitals (vagina and penis) and urethra. One can contract Mycoplasma through various forms of sexual activity, such as vaginal penetration, fingering, and sharing or using uncleaned sex toys.

Do I have Mycoplasma?

Just like with most STDs, symptoms of Mycoplasma can differ between men and women. Below are gender-specific symptoms for Mycoplasma.

Symptoms in men include:

  • Water-like discharge from the penis
  • Pain / burning sensation while urinating

Symptoms in women include:

  • Excess or abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Inflammation of the urethra, cervix, and/or ovaries

Do you recognize one or more of the above-mentioned symptoms? Fill out the questionnaire to receive personalized recommendations on whether you should get tested for Mycoplasma and other STDs.

What are the risks?

There is limited information on the long-term consequences of Mycoplasma as it is often not tested for. If you have been exposed to Mycoplasma, it is important to get tested and treated immediately as it increases the risk of contracting other STDs, and may increase chances of miscarriage, and premature birth in pregnant women.

When should I get tested?

Mycoplasma has an incubation period of 8-28 days. This means that before this time the bacteria are often not detectable yet. In case you are experiencing symptoms we recommend waiting for 8 days before getting tested. In case you are not experiencing symptoms we recommend waiting longer: at least 28 days. When you get tested too early it's possible the test will come back negative, even if you are infected. Therefore it's important to wait the recommended period before getting tested.

Treatment

Mycoplasma kan gemakkelijk behandeld worden met antibiotica welke u oraal kan innemen. Bij How Are You Diagnostics kunt u na afloop van uw test een certificaat downloaden met de uitslag. Indien u positief bent getest voor Mycoplasma kunt u dit certificaat aan uw huisarts tonen zodat u niet opnieuw getest hoeft te worden, maar direct een behandeling kan krijgen.

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