Gonorrhoea: reporting treatment failure

Working case definition and reporting form for gonorrhoea treatment failure.


Working case definition for treatment failure: clinical and laboratory criteria

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Health professionals should report all gonorrhoea treatment failures to Public Health England (PHE), as recommended by the GRASP action plan for England and Wales. Reporting treatment failure quickly helps improve our understanding of emerging resistance to the cephalosporins.

It’s also important to confirm treatment failures so PHE can monitor this and provide guidance on the appropriate treatment for gonorrhoea.

To report a gonorrhoea treatment failure, please submit through the HIV and STI web portal.

The ECDC Response Plan has recommended the working definition of confirmed and probable treatment failures given above.

Published 26 February 2013