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Gonorrhoea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae): guidance, data and analysis

The surveillance, epidemiology, diagnosis and management of gonorrhoea.

Gonorrhoea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK.

Gonorrhoea is transmitted through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal intercourse or genital contact with an infected partner. An infected person may have no symptoms, but still transmit the infection. Occasionally, gonorrhoea can cause serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

Further information on gonorrhoea is available on NHS Choices.

Diagnosis, treatment and management

The British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) issues UK national guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of all sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhoea.

  1. Guidance for the detection of gonorrhoea in England

    • Guidance
  2. Gonorrhoea: reporting treatment failure

    • Guidance
  3. Use of dual nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

    • Guidance
  4. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): managing outbreaks

    • Guidance
  5. SMI S 6: Sexually transmitted infections

    • Guidance
  6. STBRU: reference and diagnostic services

    • Detailed guide