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UNITED KINGDOM — Mycoplasma Genitalium, or MG, is a rare sexually transmitted infection that may become a "superbug" if it is not taken seriously, reports the BBC.
MG is a bacterium which can live in the urinary and genital tracts of the body, causing a burning sensation during urination or pain during sex, reports Newsweek.
MG causes inflammation of the urethra in men, and inflammation of the reproductive organs, such as the womb and the fallopian tubes, for women, the BBC reports.
In the worse case scenario, the infection may cause infertility for women.
The infection is often misdiagnosed as chlamydia and treated as such, which is why the infection is currently "developing resistance" to some of the antibiotics used to treat it.
The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV issued guidelines saying the disease may be treated with the antibiotic doxycycline for seven days, followed by azithromycin.
Dr. Peter Greenhouse, a member of the association, is urging the public to take precautions and use condoms to prevent the spread of Mycoplasma Genitalium, reports the BBC.