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How do I know if I'm infected with mycoplasma hominis?

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Mycoplasma hominis is a type of bacteria found in the urinary tract and genitals. Your doctor will test a sample of fluid from your vagina or urethra, the tube that carried your pee. If you have an infection, you'll get treated with antibiotics such as one in the tetracycline family, like doxycycline.

To help keep this infection away, always use a condom during sex. And limit how many partners you have.

SOURCES:

CDC: "2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines: Emerging Issues," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Antibiotic Treatment & Resistance," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Causes & Transmission," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Signs and Symptoms," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Treatment & Complications."

Columbia University: "Ureaplasma urealyticum."

Constantino, G. , 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Couldwell, D. L. , May 2015. Infection and Drug Resistance

Georgiev, Vassil St. , 1997. Infectious Diseases in Immunocompromised Hosts

Long, S.S. , 2012. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre: "Mycoplasma Genitalium."

National Health Service: "'New' sexually transmitted infection 'MG' may be widespread."

Nicolson, G. L. , 2010. British Journal of Medical Practitioners

Patarca-Montero, R. , 2004. Medical Etiology, Assessment, and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue and Malaise

Public Health Agency of Canada: "Mycoplasma Hominis," "Ureaplasma Urealyticum."

University of South Carolina School of Medicine: "Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma."

UpToDate: "Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum infections."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines: Emerging Issues," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Antibiotic Treatment & Resistance," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Causes & Transmission," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Signs and Symptoms," "Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: Treatment & Complications."

Columbia University: "Ureaplasma urealyticum."

Constantino, G. , 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Couldwell, D. L. , May 2015. Infection and Drug Resistance

Georgiev, Vassil St. , 1997. Infectious Diseases in Immunocompromised Hosts

Long, S.S. , 2012. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre: "Mycoplasma Genitalium."

National Health Service: "'New' sexually transmitted infection 'MG' may be widespread."

Nicolson, G. L. , 2010. British Journal of Medical Practitioners

Patarca-Montero, R. , 2004. Medical Etiology, Assessment, and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue and Malaise

Public Health Agency of Canada: "Mycoplasma Hominis," "Ureaplasma Urealyticum."

University of South Carolina School of Medicine: "Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma."

UpToDate: "Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum infections."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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