What is UREAPLASMA UREALYTICUM?
Ureaplasma urealyticum is a bacterium of the Mycoplasma family that is normally present in the urogenital tract. However, it can become pathogenic, i.e. responsible for an attack on the body. It then causes urethritis, in men, and cervicitis in women, and is considered to be a zexually transmitted infection (STI). In some cases, it may cause prostatitis in men, or pelvic inflammatory disease in women, i.e. an infection of the fallopian tubes. The consequences of this infection can be fertility problems and ectopic pregnancies.
How common is Ureaplasma urealyticum?
It is estimated that 70% of the zexually active population is infected with ureaplasma urealyticum and many of these people experience no problems. However, it can cause symptoms and further complications in some peoples.
Causes of ureaplasma
The principal cause of ureaplasma is the result of the spread of an infectious agent by an infected person to their partner through zexual contact, saliva, blood transfusions, air, needles or blood.
Ureaplasma is extremely contagious, and is most often spread through zexual contact. In more extreme cases, you can become infected if you touch an infected person's nose or eye secretions, or if an infected person coughs in your face.
Ureplasmas are typically found in the cervix / vagina of females or the urethra of males; symptoms appear, they mainly consist of:
#urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) with discomfort during the emission of urine, redness of the urethral meatus, and sometimes a discharge from the said orifice;
#prostatitis with fever, chills, diffuse pain, urinary disorders with more frequent and urgent needs, back pain;
#cervicitis in women with urinary burning, frequent urination, and occasional discharge;
#a pelvic inflammatory disease in the most severe cases with pain in the lower abdomen, vaginal discharge, and sometimes blood
What are the complications of Ureaplasma urealyticum?
Left untreated ureaplasma urealyticum can be associated with infertility, premature or still birth, non-specific urethritis, meningitis and pneumonia. If the infection is left untreated for several months, it can spread to other parts of the body and damage joints, nerves and muscles.
To detect qualitatively Ureaplasma urealyticum antibody in human serum. the kit employs gene reengineering ureaplasma urealyticum(Uu)antigen,combines with the principle of Gold immunofiltration assay(GIFA)to detect Uu antibody in serum indirectly.
1. Take out the kit and put it at room temperature for 20-30min;
2. Dispense 1 drop of wash buffer to the test window,waiting for the liquid to wet the membrane well;
3. Add 150ul of serum (4 drops if with a sample pipet) into the test window,waiting for the liquid to be absorbed completely;
4. Add 3 drops of colloidal Gold Conjugate into the test window,waiting for the liquid to be absorbed enough;
5. Add 3 drops of wash buffer into the test window,and interpret the result within 3 minutes immediately after the liquid is absorbed adequately.
Test Results and Timing of Infection
####### Positive IgG Negative IgG
Positive IgM Infection date indeterminate Acute/Recent infection
Negative IgM Established Infection No infection
Note1: This is SERUM / plasma TEST only,
You need to be able to separate SERUM / plasma from blood, to perform this test.