New STI test said to help GPs avoid futile antibiotics

The urine test for Mycoplasma genitalium will both identify the pathogen and show whether it will be resistant

GPs are being urged to use a new diagnostic test for the sexually transmitted pathogen Mycoplasma genitalium which can detect whether the strain will be resistant to first-line antibiotic treatment.

The pathogen, which could affect some 400,000 Australians, causes urethritis and in women can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, cervicitis and preterm delivery.

But in 50% of cases now being picked up, it has been found to be resistant to azithromycin. Azithromycin is the recommended first-line treatment for M. genitalium, with moxifloxacin considered a second