Scientific Research

This STD is more common than gonorrhea, but few people know about it. Johns Hopkins is hoping to change that.

This STD is more common than gonorrhea, but few people know about it. Johns Hopkins is hoping to change that.

Johns Hopkins researchers are spearheading efforts to raise awareness and learn more about a sexually transmitted disease few people know about but scientists believe makes people infertile.

Many people infected with mycoplasma genitalium, or Mgen for short, don’t show symptoms and might not know they are carrying the disease. There’s no approved test for it, which makes it difficult to track, but doctors believe it’s more common than gonorrhea, infecting about 1 percent to 3 percent of the population.

While scientists have known about the bacterial infection since 1980, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially acknowledged the disease only in 2015,...

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