Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC)

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Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC)
MPC is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) of the cervix.
It can be caused by many different germs (e.g., chlamydia,
gonorrhea) or other germs that aren’t known.
How do I get MPC?
Females get MPC through unprotected sexual contact
(oral, vaginal, or anal sex without a condom) with
someone infected with germs that can cause MPC.
You can infect others right after you come in contact with
the germs that cause MPC. You can pass on the germs to
others without knowing it.
How do I prevent MPC?
When you’re sexually active, the best way to prevent
MPC is to use condoms for oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
Don’t have any sexual contact if you or your partner(s)
have symptoms of an STI, or may have been exposed to
an STI. See a doctor or go to an STI Clinic for testing.
Get STI testing every 3 to 6 months and when you
have symptoms.
How do I know if I have MPC?
Some females with MPC don’t have any symptoms, while
others may have:
• vaginal discharge
• bleeding between periods or after sex
• pain in the abdomen
• pain during or after vaginal sex
The best way to find out if you have MPC is to see your
nurse or doctor and get tested. You will have a pelvic
exam and be tested for STIs.
Is MPC harmful?
If MPC isn’t treated, it can spread up into the uterus,
fallopian tubes, and ovaries. This can cause a serious
infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID
can cause pain in the lower abdomen, infertility, and
increase your risk of tubal pregnancies.
These effects can be prevented if you get early STI testing
and treatment.
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How is MPC treated?
MPC is treated with antibiotics.
Your partner(s) needs to be tested and treated even if
there are no symptoms.
You can get re-infected if you have unprotected sex with
someone before he or she is treated.
If you still have symptoms 3 to 4 weeks after taking
antibiotics, see your nurse or doctor.
When can I have sex again?
It will take 1 week for the antibiotic to get rid of the
infection. Don’t have unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, or
anal sex without a condom) for 7 days after you and
your partner(s) are treated. The best protection is
not to have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) for at least 7 days.
If you still have symptoms, don’t have any sexual contact.
For More Information
STI/HIV Information Line: 1-800-772-2437
This material is for information purposes only. It should
not be used in place of medical advice, instruction
and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak with your
doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.