Detection of gonorrhoea in England

Guidance on detecting gonorrhoea, including dual nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.


Guidance for the detection of gonorrhoea in England: updated 2021

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This is an updated guidance for the detection of gonorrhoea in England, which was first published by Public Health England (PHE) in 2014.

The guidance aims to inform the commissioning and clinical delivery of gonorrhoea testing in England by recommending best practice. It highlights that in almost all settings the use of a supplementary NAAT is required to confirm the result, and the need to ensure effective and robust care pathways and management.

Published 13 August 2014
Last updated 26 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance for the detection of gonorrhoea in England.

  2. First published.