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Emerging Sex Disease Could Become Next Superbug : Experts

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A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning.

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile.

MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it can develop resistance to antibiotics.

The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV is launching new advice.

Its draft guidelines detail how best to spot and treat MG.

The STI you’ve probably never heard of

What is MG?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that can cause inflammation of the urethra in men, causing discharge from the penis and making it painful to urinate.

In women, it can cause inflammation of the reproductive organs (womb and fallopian tubes) too, causing pain and possibly a fever and some bleeding.

You can get it by having unprotected sex with someone who has it. Condoms can prevent this spread.

MG does not always cause symptoms and will not always need treatment, but it can be missed or mistaken for a different sexually transmitted infection, such as Chlamydia.

The BASHH says this is concerning.

Tests for MG have recently been developed but are not available in all clinics yet although doctors can send samples to Public Health England’s laboratory to get a diagnostic result.

It can be treated with antibiotics – but the infection is developing resistance to some of these drugs.

‘Pack condoms’
Eradication rates of MG following treatment with one family of antibiotics, called macrolides, are decreasing globally. Macrolide resistance in UK is estimated at about 40%, say the guidelines.

Another antibiotic, azithromycin, still works in most cases.

Dr Peter Greenhouse, a sexual consultant in Bristol and BASHH member, urged people to take precautions.

“It’s about time the public learned about Mycoplasma genitalium,” he said.

“It’s yet another good reason to pack the condoms for the summer holidays – and actually use them.”

‘Out of control’
Paddy Horner, who co-wrote the guidelines, said: “These new guidelines have been developed, because we can’t afford to continue with the approach we have followed for the past 15 years as this will undoubtedly lead to a public health emergency with the emergence of MG as a superbug.

“Our guidelines recommend that patients with symptoms are correctly diagnosed using an accurate MG test, treated correctly then followed up to make sure they are cured.

Dr Helen Fifer, consultant microbiologist at Public Health England, welcomed the guidelines, adding: “If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic.

“Everyone can protect themselves from STIs by consistently and correctly using condoms with new and casual partners.”

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Stonebwoy Covers Agoo Magazine

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Hysterical!! It’s the president of the Bhim nation, Stonebwoy for this month’s edition of Agoo Magazine.

The dancehall artiste who has kept the pace since his entrance into the music scene shares his life in showbiz and outside music with fans in the popular magazine.

He shared the cover of the magazine with followers and they’re already clamoring for copies for themselves.

See post below!!!

Next Edition @agoo_magazine JULY EDITION!! #Stonebwoynews #bhimnationglobal

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Netflix Has Spent Over $30 billion On Content Since 2014 | Over A Third Of It In The Last Year Alone

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Netflix investors were less than pleased with the streaming platform’s subscriber growth — the company’s stock-driving metric, given its subscriber-based business model — when it released its Q2 earnings results on Monday.

In the three months ending June 30, Netflix said it added 5.15 million subscribers, bringing the total domestic and international subscriber count to 130.1 million subscribers, which was about a million shy of its targeted 131.2 for the quarter. Its stock responded with a 14% tumble to $344.04 in after-hours trading. The difference in subscribers may seem marginal, but for Netflix — which is unique to traditional networks in that it relies on subscribers’ payments instead of advertising dollars to fund content — growing its monthly payments matters.

As this chart from Statista shows, the streaming platform has spent nearly $30 billion on streaming content since the beginning of 2014, with over a third of that sum being spent in the last 12 months alone. It owes $4.5 billion in content expenses by June 2019 and $3.6 billion towards the end of next year.

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Katy Perry Talks Depression, Relationship With OrlandVogue Australia’s Latest Issueo Bloom As She Covers

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Katy Perry shows off her natural hairstyle on the cover of Vogue Australia‘s August 2018 issue.

The 33-year-old singer speaks to the magazine about her relationship with Orlando Bloom, her meeting with Pope Francis, a personal growth program she did and a whole lot more.

Read excerpts below:

On meeting the Pope with boyfriend Orlando Bloom: I don’t want it to be a headline of the story, because it takes away from the purpose. Also, it’s extremely misogynistic. Of course, I love my relationship, but that is one part of me, and I don’t want any part of what I do to be diminished.

On why she did a week-long personal growth program: For years, my friends would go and come back completely rejuvenated, and I wanted to go, too. I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self. I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart.”

On the Pope: I’m such a big fan of Pope Francis. It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness, and refusal. He is a rebel – a rebel for Jesus… He is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.

 

Read her full interview here.

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