According to a news report on The Sydney Morning Herald, a sexually transmitted infection called mycoplasma genitalium has recently been discovered by scientists. This drug-resistant infection is not easily detected and carries many health risks similar to chlamydia, another sexually transmitted infection. It has been found to cause burning sensation and pain while urinating, vaginal discharge and bleeding in women after sex, and pelvic inflammatory diseases. Similar to chlamydia, those infected would not experience any symptoms until much damage has been done.
Despite the level of awareness on the dangers of unsafe sex practices, the number of people infected with STIs continues to rise. The debilitating effects of these diseases cannot be quantified. The good news is STIs are totally avoidable. The ABC (A-Abstinence, B- Be faithful, C- Condom use) approach still remains the best way to stay safe.