M. genitalium: rising numbers but 'no need' for routine testing

First report of hospital epidemiology for the bacterium in Australia

Routine testing for Mycoplasma genitalium is not warranted, according to infectious diseases doctors, providing the first data on the epidemiology of the concerning STI from an Australian hospital.

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Writing in the MJA this week, the doctors from Monash Medical Centre, in Melbourne, say their findings have important implications for multiplex STI nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT), given that the significance of detecting the bacterium in asymptomatic patients remains unclear.

Over a three-month period in 2017, they tested 1176 patients