Sumary of CDC updates STI treatment guidelines for first time since 2015:
- July 22, 2021 2 min read Source/Disclosures Published by: Disclosures: The authors report no relevant financial disclosures.
- Back to Healio The CDC on Thursday published updated clinical guidelines for the treatment of STIs amid a sustained national increase in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.
- The guidance, updated for the first time since 2015, also includes prevention strategies and diagnostic recommendations.
- The CDC updated treatment guidelines for STIs for the first time since 2015, emphasizing new treatments and diagnostics for gonorrhea.
- Workowski noted additional updates to the treatment guidelines regarding gonorrhea, including that a test of cure is not needed for patients who receive a diagnosis of uncomplicated urogenital or rectal gonorrhea unless symptoms persist.
- A test of cure is recommended for patients with pharyngeal gonorrhea using either culture or nucleic acid amplification tests 7 to 14 days after the initial treatment, regardless of the regimen, Workowski said.
- The new guidelines note that there are now FDA-cleared rectal and oral tests to diagnose chlamydia and gonorrhea that have been validated for clinical use — an important development “because infection at these sites is often without symptoms,” Workowski said.
- The guidelines also include updates for hepatitis C virus testing and HPV vaccination.