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How does a person get mycoplasma hominis, a type of mycoplasma infection?

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Mycoplasma hominis are a bacteria live in the urinary tract and genitals of about half of all women and fewer men. But if you're in general good health, you don't have to worry. They rarely cause an infection. Women with a weakened immune system are most likely to get it.

You can sometimes pick up this infection during sex. The bacteria can also pass from a mother to her baby during childbirth.

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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