Couples urged to practice safe sex as a new STI, mycoplasma genitalium, which often does not show any symptoms until later in life is discovered in Jamaica.
Jamaicans are again being urged to protect themselves during sexual intercourse as DNA samples collected from medical labs across the island are showing a new sexually transmitted infection (STI) circulating locally.
Compton Beecher, who is the chief DNA analyst at the Caribbean Genetics (CARIGEN), has found that a number of Jamaican men and women have unknowingly contracted Mycoplasma genitalium, which often does not show any symptoms until later in life.
If left untreated, this STI can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, pain during sex, burning sensations while urinating and reoccurring infections.
"The frightening thing is that we are seeing so much of it and it is something that we don't normally look for," said Beecher, who has been a forensic scientist for more than 20 years.
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