A report in the medical journal, Urology, shows that all men and women should be treated with antibiotics when they complain of burning on urination, a feeling that they have to urinate all the time, urgency when the bladder is full, or having to get up many times a night to urinate.

When you go to your doctor with urinary symptoms, you should have your urine checked for infection. If your urine is normal, the doctor usually inserts a Q tip into your urinary tube to check for chlamydia and gonorrhea. If that test is normal, you still have better than a 40 percent chance of being infected with mycoplasma and there is no available test for that disease at present. If you are not treated, you are at high risk for developing a terrible arthritis later on. You should be treated for at least three weeks with long-acting erythromycin or tetracycline medications.

Mycoplasma genitalium: Another important pathogen of nongonococcal urethritis. Journal of Urology, 2002, Vol 167, Iss 3, pp 1210-1217. T Deguchi, SI Maeda. Deguchi T, Gifu Univ, Sch Med, Dept Urol, Gifu 500, JAPAN

Checked 9/3/05

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