Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma Screening Singapore

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What are Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma?

Both are bacteria that can potentially be present on the skin, particularly around the genital region. They can be passed on through skin contact of contaminated areas as well as through sex.

Who should get tested?

As you will see below, both infections often have no symptoms, so anyone who has had unprotected sex should consider testing at an earlier stage. If you regularly use protection then routine screening every few months is reasonable as well.

What are the symptoms?

For Men:

For Women:

However, the absence of symptoms does not mean that no infection is present so if there has been any risk then testing is advised.

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How do we test?

Men just require a urine sample which is very accurate. Women will require vaginal swabs for the best accuracy. The testing can be performed at the same time as other infections such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.

What are the treatment options?

Usually if either infection is shown on testing then antibiotics sensitivity is also seen as well. This is where the laboratory test different antibiotics to find the most effective one available. This way when we treat we can be confident of cure. Most often oral antibiotics will suffice.

What happens if it is left untreated?

Thankfully both infections are not too serious on their own so a slight delay in treatment should not produce long term, irreversible damage. However, if they are present they can facilitate other infections meaning that it may be easier to catch something else and exhibit symptoms from that infection instead.

For example, Chlamydia may not produce symptoms in isolation but when coupled with mycoplasma and/or ureaplasma, it may be more likely to exhibit more troublesome symptoms.

How to prevent it?

Prevention of these infections is similar to others where protection offers good coverage but if there is protection failure then screening and treating early helps prevent the spread of the infection. Pre-emptive antibiotics are not advised as this can lead to antibiotics resistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When should I go for STD screening?

You should consider screening if you have symptoms of a possible STD, if you have had a recent risky exposure (unprotected sex with a casual partner), or both.

Can I get STDs from oral sex?

Yes, you can. The common misconception is that oral sex is not considered ‘real’ sex and therfore has no risk but the opposite is true. Often oral sex is performed without protection and this is why infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can pass on through oral sex.

Can STDs be cured?

Thankfully the majority can be cured but there are some such as Herpes and HIV that can be treated but not cured. This is why prevention is better than cure and ensuring safe sex goes a long way to reduce your risks.

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