Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): managing outbreaks

How to investigate and manage STI outbreaks.


Guidance for managing STI outbreaks and incidents


This guidance replaces previous guidance produced by the Health Protection Agency, now Public Health England (PHE). A stakeholder consultation workshop and many outbreak investigations supported by PHE and its predecessor organisations since 2001 have shaped this guidance.

Guidance is given on:

  • planning an STI outbreak prevention and control strategy
  • investigating an outbreak

The guidance is provided primarily for health protection professionals at local, regional and national level.

PHE has developed a supplementary list of questions and answer options that can be used in outbreak investigations. The resources are available on the PHE Field Epidemiology Service (FES) Portal (PHE user login required).

Published 23 December 2010
Last updated 18 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added further information on improving the public health response to outbreaks and incidents under the ‘Details’ section.
  2. Updated the ‘Guidance for managing STI outbreaks and incidents’.
  3. First published.