Update on the Management of Gonorrhea in Adults in the United States

Clin Infect Dis. 2007 Apr 1;44 Suppl 3:S84-101. doi: 10.1086/511422.

Abstract

Gonorrhea, the second most commonly reported notifiable disease, is an important cause of cervicitis, urethritis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. The selection of appropriate therapy for gonorrhea (i.e., safe, highly effective, single dose, and affordable) is complicated by the ability of Neisseria gonorrhoeae to develop resistance to antimicrobial therapies. This article reviews the key questions and data that informed the 2006 gonorrhea treatment recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key areas addressed include the criteria used to select effective treatment for gonorrhea, the level of antimicrobial resistance at which changing treatment regimens is recommended, the epidemiology of resistance, and the use of quinolones, cephalosporins, and other classes of antimicrobials for the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhea.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Cephalosporins / pharmacology
  • Cephalosporins / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / drug therapy*
  • Gonorrhea / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / drug effects*
  • Quinolones / pharmacology
  • Quinolones / therapeutic use*
  • United States

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Cephalosporins
  • Quinolones