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New gender disease in Norway

You can be infected without knowing about it.

New gender disease in Norway

Chief Harald Moi is now warned against new chlamydial gender disease.

The bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium is transmitted sexually and can cause serious complications.

In women, most of the symptoms indicate that the bacterium, like chlamydia, can cause ovarian inflammation, and that it increases the risk of impaired fertility, says senior doctor Harald Moi at Oslo Olafi Clinic and professor at Rikshospitalet at Dagbladet.no.

First Norwegian findings

Only now is the Norwegian finding about the bacterium published. Previously, the bacterium has been mentioned and proven in several foreign studies.

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Several women and men may be infected with the gender disease without even being aware of it.

Last year, 22,000 cases of chlamydia were reported in Norway. According to Moi, the more unknown sex bacteria is about a third so frequent. This means that an estimated 7,000 people in Norway have Mycoplasma genitalium.

In humans it can cause bitter inflammation, but it is a rather rare complication.

Difficulty and discomfort

Fellow doctor and doctor Elise Jernberg at the Cancer Registry was previously a researcher at Olafiakliniken and worked with the bacterium.

– Mycoplasma genitalia infects sexual contact and can cause infection in the abdomen, says Jernberg to Click.no.

The symptoms of infection are sore and itchiness of the urethra, discomfort downward and discharge. The infection must be treated with antibiotics.

In many cases, the bacterium causes more severe urinary tract inflammation and more often symptoms than clamydia.

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Probable increase

There has been a sharp increase in chlamydia infected in recent years, and according to Elise Jernberg, this increase probably also applies to Mycoplasma genitalium.

– But fewer are infected with this bacterium than by chlamydia, she says.

Chief physician Harald Moi and researchers at the Fürst Medical Laboratory stand behind the new article about the bacterium published today in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association.

He asks Norwegian doctors to become more aware of the bacterium when people come with complaints similar to chlamydia.

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