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Doctors disagree about treatment for unknown venereal disease

2019-12-14T09:46:08.521Z

There are shared opinions as to whether or not the relatively unknown, but widely spread sexually transmitted disease, mycoplasma genitalium, MG, should be treated with antibiotics. Doctor Peter Nolskog is worried about antibiotic resistance, but he is now bribed by the doctor and gynecologist Anders Selbring. "The infection can cause serious complications such as infertility in women," he says.



This week, SVT News West reported on the relatively unknown venereal disease mycoplasma genitalium, MG, which is as common as chlamydia among Swedish adolescents in their 20s, according to a study done on adolescents. Then the doctor Peter Nolskog in Skövde expressed a strong concern to treat everyone who has it with antibiotics because it is a bacterium that reacts very strongly and quickly to resistance.

After the report, several people heard about it and one of the critics is Anders Selbing, who is a doctor at the company Dynamic code, which among other things sell tests for the disease that you can take yourself at home.

- It is very important to treat the bacterium, otherwise it will spread. First, you have a small number of people who are infected. Then you can treat them. But if they do not receive treatment, they will be very many.

"Can get fallopian tube inflammation"

Anders Selbing believes that the danger is that not everyone notices that they have the infection, which means that more people can get it, which in turn gets symptoms.

- Women who get MG can get fallopian tubes, which can lead to infertility, he says.

The doctor and gynecologist Anders Selbring thinks that you should treat MG.

Peter Nolskog does not agree.

- Normally, you would of course want to treat mg because it could possibly lead to fallopian tubes, but you are not sure. What we do know, on the other hand, is that if we treat everyone who has a mg, the disease becomes untreatable, even for the few people who have symptoms, he says.

Treated with antibiotics in the rest of Europe

He says he also sees concerns about not being able to treat the disease but believes that the treatment that exists must be saved to those who are really in need of it.

And antibiotic resistance is a serious problem even according to Anders Selbring.

- I think that will be a huge problem in the future, he says. But says that in all of Europe you are already treating everyone who has the bacterium with antibiotics and he thinks that is how you must stop its progress even in Sweden.

Source: svt

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