Why M. genitalium is proving hard to treat

There's a high rate of resistance to azithromycin

High rates of partner infection and macrolide resistance are making treatment of the sexually transmitted pathogen Mycoplasma genitalium very difficult, Victorian researchers say.


The pathogen, which causes urethritis and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, cervicitis and preterm delivery, was found in 48% of female partners, 31% of male partners and 42% of gay male partners of people with the infection, according to a study of 377 patients at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.

Early diagnosis and treatment were important in preventing complications, and