Health+ | Mycoplasma is a bacteria linked to everything from lung infections to pregnancy problems. Understanding these bacteria can help you prevent the health risks they can cause.
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What is mycoplasma bacteria? How does Mycoplasma affect the body?
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Most people carry mycoplasma bacteria. Because they are a natural part of the bacterial population in your body. In fact, each person has 10 times more bacteria than the body’s cells. Mycoplasma can be completely harmless. However, some types of mycoplasma can cause infections and serious health problems.
Find out what mycoplasma is and how it affects the body in the infographic below:
Causes of mycoplasma infection
You can get Mycoplasma pneumoniae (which causes a lung infection) when you come into contact with fluids from an infected person’s sneeze or cough.
As for the types of mycoplasma shown in the infographic above, their mode of transmission is through sexual contact.
For most types of mycoplasma, infection is very unlikely. However, your risk of infection is increased if you have the following risk factors:
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Have a compromised immune system due to illness, such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, or cancer.
– Existing illness or infection in the relevant area. For example, if you already have lung disease, you may be more susceptible to pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
Is mycoplasma sexually transmitted?
Some types of mycoplasma can be transmitted through sexual activity. However, scientists have yet to determine whether these bacteria should be classified in relation to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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Under many classification systems, common STIs such as gonorrhea lead to long-term damage of the reproductive organs. But so far, there is no conclusive evidence that mycoplasma has the same long-term effects.
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