A sexually transmitted disease that may be infecting up to 700,000 Australians without them knowing is becoming so resistant to treatment it may soon become as great a health risk as chlamydia, doctors have warned.

Mycoplasma genitalium is developing resistance to antibiotics at what health professionals say is an alarming rate.

Much like chlamydia, many people do not know when they have it, but it can increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, urethritis and spontaneous abortion in those infected.

Health groups have raised the alarm at the disease’s ability to develop a strong resistance to antibiotics, particularly the drug azithromycin, which until recently had been a reliable defence.

Professor Bradshaw and Dr Marshall are both part of a team working to change the national guidelines on how to treat mycoplasma genitalium, which will be released early next year.

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Source:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-18/resistant-sti-may-soon-be-as-great-health-risk-as-chlamydia/9162974