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New STI Infecting Hundreds of Thousands of Clueless People

Since we were in our middle school health class, it’s been drilled into our heads to wear a condom every time we have sex. With new sexually transmitted diseases and infections popping up every day, condoms really should be our bestie and next to our compact mirror at all times!

There is now an STI called Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) most likely affecting “hundreds of thousands” of people.

“These findings suggest that only testing those who are currently symptomatic would miss the majority of infections,” said Dr. Pam Sonnenberg to Mashable, lead author of a study suggesting MG is transmitted through unprotected sex.

READ: Why Monogamy Won’t Keep You From a STD

Her research was published in the International Journey of Epidemiology this week, and it says most people (90 percent of men and “more than half” of women).

MG was first detected in the 1980s, but new findings show a greater sense of urgency among its status with sexually active individuals.

4,500 urine samples were analyzed through Britain’s National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles and it was found people between the ages of 25 and 44 are “most likely to test positive for MG. MG was diagnosed at a higher rate in those who reported “more than four sexual partners” in the past 12 months.

In news we all know, MG was found at a higher rate in those who did not use condoms.

Ladies, don’t count a man for a condom. Stash your own!

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.