myLAB Box is first to offer an at-home Mycoplasma genitalium test. In the past few decades. Mycoplasma genitalium has been recognized as a new and important sexually transmitted infection. You can now enjoy unprecedented convenience and speed, and receive lab-certified results in the comfort of home!
Includes: 1 (one) at-home test kit for Mycoplasma genitalium + postage paid return envelope
Tests for: The detection of Mycoplasma genitalium. The test utilizes amplification of target DNA by polymerase chain reaction and nucleic acid hybridization
WHY SHOULD I TEST FOR MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM INFECTION?
Infection with Mycoplasma genitalium is common and often asymptomatic. It is frequently undiagnosed because testing for Mycoplasma genitalium is often not performed. Transmission to uninfected sex partners occurs following sexual intercourse and is associated with inflammatory urogenital and reproductive tract disease in men and women. Symptoms include urethritis (burning on urination) in men, and cervicitis (with or without vaginal discharge and bleeding) in women. Although there is disagreement about whether to screen individuals without symptoms, it makes sense to treat individuals who have tested positive for Mycoplasma genitalium.
MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM FAQS
What is Mycoplasma genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a sexually transmitted bacterium that was first identified in the early 1980s. Testing has only recently become available for use in clinical settings.
How is Mycoplasma genitalium spread?
This infection is spread by having vaginal or anal intercourse. The role of oral sex is not known.
What kind of health problems can Mycoplasma genitalium cause?
Infection is frequently asymptomatic in women and can also be asymptomatic in men. For men, when symptoms do occur, they can include burning or stinging on urination and discharge from the penis, commonly called urethritis. For women, symptoms can include burning on urination, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and vaginal discharge, all of which can be associated with cervicitis caused by Mycoplasma genitalium. Mycoplasma genitalium can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease with pain in the pelvic area and pain during sex. Chronic infection may also lead to tubal-factor infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes including preterm birth and spontaneous abortion. All of these symptoms and conditions can be caused by other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, and caused by non-STIs as well, making diagnosis difficult without testing.
What is Mycoplasma genitalium testing?
Urine specimens are collected for testing from men and vaginal swabs from women. A nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) is performed using a PCR methodology.
Do I need additional tests after I have been treated?
Test of cure one month after treatment is essential. Retesting one month after completing treatment is necessary because not all treatments are successful, and some individuals will have asymptomatic, resistant infection despite treatment.
When is it safe to have sex again?
Your antibiotic treatment needs time to work properly. You should abstain from sex or use condoms every time you have sex until such time as you and your partner have tested negative on follow-up tests on Mycoplasma genitalium.
How about my sexual partners?
There are differing recommendations regarding the testing of sexual partners of individuals infected with Mycoplasma genitalium. The most conservative approach is to test sexual partners for Mycoplasma genitalium, and to treat those who have a positive Mycoplasma genitalium test.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR TEST IS POSITIVE FOR MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM?
Mycoplasma genitalium infections should be treated with antibiotics whether or not the infected individual has symptoms. However, many infections are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, there are a number of different treatments for Mycoplasma genitalium including multi-day antibiotic treatments, and alternatively, a course of treatment starting with one antibiotic for a week, followed by a second antibiotic. Your medical provider can recommend an appropriate course of treatment for you. It is important to take a copy of your lab test results to your healthcare provider to discuss possible treatment and follow up.
HOW CAN I AVOID INFECTION WITH MYCOPLASMA GENITALIUM AND THE HEALTH PROBLEMS IT CAN CAUSE?
By using latex condoms the right way every time you have sex, you can lower your chances of getting Mycoplasma genitalium. This includes vaginal and anal sex. Testing infected sex partners and asking them to be treated will help reduce further transmission.
You can find more information about Mycoplasma genitalium at the CDC website:
myLAB Box offers at home collection tests with mailing to the laboratory. The performance of these tests on your samples complies with all state and federal regulations regarding laboratory testing.