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What is Ureaplasma urealyticum?
Ureaplasma urealyticum is very contagious and is commonly found in the genital flora of sexually active individuals. Ureaplasma urealyticum often has no symptoms and a large percentage of infected people never experience any problems at all. However, if left undetected and untreated, ureaplasma urealyticum can cause infertility.
How common is Ureaplasma urealyticum?
It is estimated that 70% of the sexually active population is infected with ureaplasma urealyticum and many of these people experience no problems. However, it can cause symptoms and further complications in some people. It is therefore advisable to be aware of your sexual health and seek STI screening if you have concerns.
What are the Symptoms of ureaplasma urealyticum?
Ureaplasma urealyticum is asymptomatic (has no symptoms) in many cases and the majority of people with the infection do not even realise they have it. If symptoms are present they can include inflammation of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the body), unusual genital discharge and pain during urination. Lower abdominal pain, urethral bleeding and inflammation around the area of the infection may also be experienced.
How long does it take for symptoms of ureaplasma urealyticum to appear?
Ureaplasma urealyticum will normally not show any symptoms and many people may not even know they have it. This is why safe sex and regular STI screening is so important.
What happens if ureaplasma urealyticum is left untreated?
Left untreated, ureaplasma urealyticum can lead to serious complications such as infertility, premature or still birth, non-specific urethritis, meningitis and pneumonia. If ureaplasma urealyticum is left untreated for several months, it can spread to other parts of the body and damage joints, nerves and muscles.
Can I be cured of ureaplasma urealyticum?
Ureaplasma urealyticum can be easily cured through a course of antibiotics. If you suspect you have ureaplasma urealyticum or any other STI, don’t delay in getting tested.
How often do you need to test for Ureaplasma urealyticum?
You can become infected with ureaplasma urealyticum if you have had unprotected sex. If so, you should be aware of your sexual health and seek STI screening as soon as possible if you have concerns. A comprehensive STI screen is recommended once a year or with every change of partner.
Who is at risk of ureaplasma urealyticum?
If you have had unprotected sex, you are potentially at risk of ureaplasma urealyticum. You have a higher risk if you have unprotected sex with someone who has had other sexual partners, with risk increasing with the number of partners. The infection can still be passed on to your partner even if you have no symptoms. In order to reduce the risk, practice safe sex by always using a condom.
Where can I get a test for ureaplasma urealyticum?
Yourhealthfirst Clinic tests for 10 STIs at the same time, including ureaplasma urealyticum.
How reliable is the ureaplasma urealyticum test?
Ureaplasma urealyticum is included as one of the ten STIs that YHF Clinic tests for simultaneously. Our STIs tests is a cutting-edge testing procedure that uses molecular diagnostics that far exceed other STI tests currently available. The test screens for multiple STI pathogens to identify specific viral, protozoan or bacterial pathogens.
How is ureaplasma urealyticum treated?
Ureaplasma urealyticum can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics. You should abstain from sex until you have completed treatment and the infection has cleared. If your results are positive, contact your GP for treatment.