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Emerging Sex Disease Could Become Next Superbug : Experts



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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MoneyGram Parthers With Zeepay For Mobile Money Transfer In Ghana



Sending money from abroad to Ghana and vice versa can be stressful but there’s an easy way now!

International money transfer company MoneyGram in partnership with Zeepay a leading financial technology company in Ghana has launched an international Mobile Money service; a platform which allows the direct transfer of remittances into mobile wallets of recipients no matter the location.

With this new service, MoneyGram offers consumers three different options to pick up funds from over 200 countries around the world.

Funds can be sent via MoneyGram online or at any of MoneyGram’s thousands of locations in 200 countries and territories around the world into mobile wallets in minutes. It also enables customers around the world to send money directly to more than eleven million mobile wallets in Ghana. Key mobile wallets available on the service include ZeePay wallets; Airtel-Tigo mobile money wallets, Vodafone cash wallets and MTN mobile money.

Zeepay partners with MoneyGram for mobile money transfer in Ghana

Zeepay partners with MoneyGram for mobile money transfer in Ghana

Speaking at the launch, Zeepay Ghana Managing Director, Andrew Takyi-Appiah, was confident the partnership will increase remittances in Ghana by $1 billion each year.

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Kanye West Hints ‘Yeezus 2’ Is On Its Way With Cryptic Tweets



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Kanye West is always a man of mystery, especially on Twitter.

The rapper uploaded two captionless photos to his social media platform of choice on Monday (Sept. 17), the first announcing the lineup for Sept. 29’s episode of Saturday Night Live, which features “Yhandi” as a musical guest. The second photo simply shows a CD, which is strikingly similar to the Yeezus album cover, sparking theories that the second installment of the record is on its way.

Adding fuel to the flame, “Yhandi” seems to be a play on Ghandi, just like Yeezus was a play on Jesus.

As expected, Ye fans flooded Twitter with theories and emotional preparations for what they’ve deemed as “Yhandi season.” See the best tweets below.

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Spotify Increases Song Download Limit For Offline Listening




Streaming service expands from 3,333 songs on three devices to 10,000 tracks per device for up to five devices.
Lifting its vetoed 3,333-song download limit, Spotify confirmed on Wednesday (Sept. 11) that users are now finally able to download up to 10,000 songs to their devices when doing offline listening.

According to Rolling Stone, the streaming service’s new software now also allows downloads on up to five devices instead of the original three, quickly becoming one of the most favorable updates yet for Spotify subscribers and music lovers alike.

“At Spotify, we’re always working on improving the experience for our users. We can now confirm that we have increased the number of offline tracks per device — from 3,333 on three devices to 10,000 tracks per device for up to five devices,” a Spotify spokesperson stated after a series of users noticed the change.

The spokesperson added, “While the new limit of 50,000 songs across five devices is still not an infinite allowance, it should make the Spotify experience more akin to what it was in the age of owning music and not just leasing it.”

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