Symptoms of Mycoplasma hominis
Mycoplasma hominis symptoms can be very similar to that of many other STIs including chlamydia and gonorrhoea, so can sometimes be mistaken for these. A mycoplasma hominis infection in the urinary tract often causes painful urination for both men and women. However, many people do not experience any symptoms at all.
Symptoms of Mycoplasma hominis in men
- Discharge from the penis (often foul smelling)
- A burning sensation during urination
Symptoms of Mycoplasma hominis in women
- Discharge from the vagina
- Pain or burning feeling during urination
- Continuous pain during sex
- Vaginal itching
Rarer symptoms seen in immune-compromised people include joint pain and respiratory problems, including pneumonia.
How long does it take for symptoms of Mycoplasma hominis to appear?
Most people with mycoplasma hominis do not experience any symptoms at all. It is therefore difficult to know if you have the infection. Comprehensive testing from Confidante can provide peace of mind.
What happens if Mycoplasma hominis is left untreated?
Mycoplasma hominis infection can cause urethritis and increases the risk of vaginitis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. It is particularly harmful for people who are immune-compromised, e.g. those with HIV/AIDS or those on immunosuppressant drug therapy.
Mycoplasma hominis can also increase the risk of contracting HIV infection if having sexual intercourse with an infected person, and may promote a shorter time period before the development of AIDS symptoms
Can I be cured of Mycoplasma hominis?
Antibiotics, combined with rest, will help most people recover from a Mycoplasma hominis infection.
You should seek advice from your doctor regarding your individual circumstances, and to reduce the risk of any long term health complications resulting from the infection.