Is Ureaplasma an STD?

Medically Reviewed on 12/13/2022
Is Ureaplasma Urealyticum an STD
Although Ureaplasma urealyticum can be transmitted through sexual contact, it is not always considered an STD

Ureaplasma urealyticum is a bacteria that is naturally found in the urinary, reproductive, and respiratory organs of both men and women.

Although Ureaplasma can be transmitted through sexual contact, it is not always considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

What is Ureaplasma?

Ureaplasma is mostly found in the vaginas and cervixes of healthy women, but it has also been found in the urethras of some men. The bacteria, which are otherwise harmless, grow in number and cause inflammation to the healthy tissues. 

Ureaplasma is highly contagious, and the infection is typically transmitted through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. In pregnant women, the condition is transmitted from mothers to babies

Ureaplasma is seen mostly in women with multiple sex partners. However, the infection is believed to go away a few months after birth or is reduced by antibiotics.

People with weak immune systems (especially those with HIV and organ transplantation) are at higher risk of a Ureaplasma infection.

Is Ureaplasma urealyticum a big deal?

Ureaplasma infections can cause signs and symptoms such as:


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How are Ureaplasma infections diagnosed?

Your doctor may order the following tests to diagnose a Ureaplasma infection:

How is Ureaplasma treated?

Antibiotics are typically used to treat Ureaplasma infections. Ureaplasma does not have cell walls, making an infected person more resistant to penicillin. However, other antibiotics are available to treat the infection, including:

Medically Reviewed on 12/13/2022
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