Ureaplasma Screen

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Ureaplasma Urealyticum/Parvum

What is Ureaplasma Urealyticum/Parvum?

Ureaplasma is a bacterium that can be passed through sexual contact although it is not considered a classic STI or STD because of its low degree of pathogenicity. The two species are Parvum and Urealyticum.

It is estimated that quite a large proportion of the sexually active population is infected with Ureaplasma without it causing any problems. We do however dispute claims recorded on some websites that over 70% of the UK population has this infection. Having processed thousands of urine and swab samples over the years, the prevalence of this infection does not appear to be as widespread as this claim suggests.

Ureaplasma Symptoms

Most people do not have any symptoms whatsoever and there is no evidence that Ureaplasma has any long term health consequences for those who are asymptomatic. Where symptoms are present, these include:

  • Burning sensation when passing urine
  • Urethral irritation
  • Unusual vaginal discharge in women
  • Urethral discharge in men

We sometimes encounter female patients who have experienced chronic cystitis/urinary tract infections that show no evidence on a culture of any bacterial organisms. When we test the urine for Ureaplasma using PCR we then find it to be present; so we believe that Ureaplasma can be implicated in such cases.

Should I be worried about Ureaplasma?

Generally, we would advise that Ureaplasma is nothing to worry about although if an infection is causing outward symptoms, we would recommend a course of antibiotics. If one partner is having symptoms, then we recommend treatment of the other partner as the bacteria can be passed through sexual contact.

The jury is still out on whether Ureaplasma can cause long term problems but there is no real evidence to substantiate some of the scare stories on the internet. We recommend that you do not read websites that have no medical backing as there is information out there that is unsupported by empirical evidence.

Can I be tested for Ureaplasma?

It is possible to test for Ureaplasma using a urine sample or a vaginal swab. The urine sample or swab is subjected to a PCR test that looks for the DNA of the bacteria. So long as the bacteria are present in the urine sample or on the swab (which they will be if you are infected and you take the sample as directed) then this test will produce a positive result. The Ureaplasma test results normally take 36 hours to process. If you have symptoms then we recommend a wider screen such as our Full STI Screen, which tests for 7 infections that can cause the same symptoms as Ureaplasma.

Is Ureaplasma Easy to Treat?

Fortunately, in most cases, Ureaplasma is easy to treat. If you wish to be retested, then we recommend waiting at 3 - 4 weeks after treatment has been completed – there is a risk of a false positive if you test earlier. Some people continue to experience symptoms after the infection has cleared but these symptoms will disappear with time.

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Ureaplasma Screen

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London SW1P 3QB

The STI Clinic is owned and operated by Online Medical Services Limited. Any medical service required is contracted to be provided by Online Clinic (UK) Limited, which is licensed by the Care Quality Commission. Testing is undertaken at The Doctors Laboratory, which is registered with Clinical Pathology Accreditation.

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