Mycoplasma Test: Key Features
- Lab test with highest level of accuracy
- Urine sample or swab available
- Fast results in 36 hours
- Antibiotics included
What is Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Mycoplasma Genitalium is a very small parasitic bacterium that can infect both men and women. The Mycoplasma Genitalium bacteria can be passed through sexual contact. The NHS in the UK does not screen for Mycoplasma Genitalium. Very often urethritis that is not caused by either Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea is caused by Mycoplasma Genitalium but is described as Non-Specific Urethritis (NSU) where a specific test has not been conducted.
Can I be tested for Mycoplasma Genitalium?
The STI Clinic offers a very simple urine based test for Mycoplasma Genitalium using PCR technology. This test looks for the DNA of the Mycoplasma in the urine sample and amplifies it, making this test one of the most accurate available. We can also offer vaginal swab tests for women who want to be tested for Mycoplasma Genitalium.
How long does the test take?
The mycoplasma genitalium test result is ready within 3 - 4 days of your sample arriving at the laboratory.
Should I get tested for Mycoplasma Genitalium?
We only recommend getting tested for Mycoplasma Genitalium if all other options have been dismissed. If you have any symptoms of a potential sexually transmitted infection such as a burning sensation when you pass urine, redness around the genital area or an unusual discharge, then we recommend a Full STI Screen to help us ascertain what is causing the problem.
How is Mycoplasma Genitalium treated?
Mycoplasma Genitalium is normally very easy to treat with antibiotics. We recommend a 5 day course of Azithromycin to treat Mycoplasma infections but we can also use Doxycycline. It is sometimes necessary for the patient to be prescribed a 14 day course of Doxycycine. As with all antibiotics it is very important that patients complete the course.