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The consultation version of the first BASHH guideline for the management of Mycoplasma genitalium was launched on 11 July.1 This coincided with a 1-day M. genitalium educational event in London, supported by Hologic and attended by 150 delegates from all over the UK. The morning sessions covered basic science and relevant clinical data, and Michelle Cole from Public Health England (PHE) talked about the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in M. genitalium. In the afternoon we heard about diagnostic testing and the challenges of implementation, and Gwenda Hughes presented the arguments against screening for M. genitalium, recommending that testing should be directed at individuals with relevant symptoms and their current sexual partners. The day ended with a lively interactive session with four complex case presentations and expert panel and audience discussion.
While feedback from the day was excellent, the concerns around funding and setting up M. genitalium testing were quite apparent. The publication of the National Institute for Health and …
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