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Can Mycoplasma infection survive outside of body?

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Dr. Baranidharan Kuselan

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Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2015 in Infections
Question: I tested positive for a mycoplasma infection in my urine awhile back and was treated. My question is can this bacteria live outside the body, on your hands for a time period or does it die quick outside the body? Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Baranidharan Kuselan 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Mycoplasma cannot survive outside the body

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,
Thanks for posting in HCM.
No, mycoplasma cannot survive outside the body.
Mycoplasma does not have a cell wall and it is dependent on the host for survival.
So it cannot survive outside the body.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
Regards,
Dr.Barani

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Baranidharan Kuselan 9 minutes later
Thanks for the answer.... So to transmit it has to be sexual contact like intercourse of some kind? It can't be transmitted from hands being in contact with gentals?
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Answered by Dr. Baranidharan Kuselan 29 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
If you are talking about mycoplasma genitalium, then yes it is transmitted only by sexual contact.

Regards,
Dr.Barani
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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