New STI test said to help GPs avoid futile antibiotics


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.

The PCR test, called ResistancePlus MG and made available under Medicare