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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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Kylie Jenner Slays For Paper Magazine

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Kylie Jenner is the cover star of Paper magazine March issue.

The makeup mogul donned a blonde short wig for the sexy shoot.

Kylie is yet to react to news her best friend, Jordyn Woods cheated with Tristan Thompson.

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How To Make Your Home Look Like A Luxury Hotel

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A Luxury Hotel

Shinola, the Detroit-based retail brand best known for its fine watches, bicycles, and leather goods, recently opened its first hotel, and it’s positively dripping with the brand’s effortlessly cool aesthetic.

The company’s first foray into hospitality is just the latest step in its evolution into a full-fledged lifestyle brand, which already makes everything from home stereo equipment to limited-edition surfboards, and has been credited with bringing manufacturing back to Detroit.

We consulted Shinola Creative Director Daniel Caudill, who helped curate the interiors of the new hotel, to glean some basic interior design rules worth keeping in mind when upgrading your own living space.

Here are his five simple rules to style your home like a design pro, accompanied, of course, by visual examples from the Shinola Hotel.

Highlight Art With Muted Surroundings.

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“Highlight statement pieces, like a great piece of art, by decorating with mixed materials–leather, marble, wood–in muted tones.”

Mix and Match Like a Pro

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“For a fresh take on seating, go for a velvet sofa upholstered in modern shapes. A jewel tone color palette that accents the artwork adds a decorative pop. Pillows, too. Area rugs that define a seating area do not need to match perfectly, just coordinate.”

 It’s All About the Details

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“Help define the architecture of a space by highlighting molding details on the walls and window frames.”

 Play Off Original Architecture

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“If you’re lucky enough to have original architecture that can be restored (like this staircase in the Shinola Hotel), do it! Accent a grand staircase by creating a picture wall with mixed framework to highlight the art you’re showcasing.”

Be Tactical With Tiles

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“Be creative with tile layout to add a unique, graphic look to the space. Mimic details on the floor tiles by adding a border.”

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6 Major Benefits Of Marrying Young

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There are just as many upsides to getting married young as there are downsides. You’ve got to make sure you’re serious and ready to commit. The divorce process is neither fun nor easy. Keep in mind you should only get married because you want to. Don’t let anyone force your hand in the matter and make sure you follow your heart.

1. If it’s right, it lasts forever. We all count on being in several romantic relationships in life before we find “the one.” Some of us are lucky enough to meet that one when we’re still in high school or right after we’ve started a new career.

2. It feels like you’ve got your whole life ahead of you! In reality, you do have your entire life ahead of you! You shouldn’t be afraid of getting married early in life… if that’s your calling. Getting married young allows you to look forward to all the special moments you share together as you age.

3. You’ll learn a lot of important life lessons. Even if you marry the perfect person for you, there are going to be bumpy roads ahead. Arguing and bickering won’t end just because you decide to get married.

4. Your interests more than likely will shift. If you like going out to the club with your friends, no one expects you to completely give up your free time with friends, but you’re definitely going to start becoming more involved with what’s going on at home.

5. There’s a lot of room for you to readjust. While still in your early 20s, you often are trying to figure out your career path and where you want to go in life. Getting married early, you and your spouse wade those waters together.

6. Sex becomes less of a danger. Casual sex can be great fun, but there’s always a worry of contracting a sexually transmitted disease or ending up pregnant if you’re not careful.

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