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This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for gonorrhea.
Note: This recommendation was updated in 2011 for ocular prophylaxis in newborns at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsgononew.htm.
Release Date: May 2005
- The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen all sexually active women, including those who are pregnant, for gonorrhea infection if they are at increased risk for infection (that is, if they are young or have other individual or population risk factors).
Grade: B Recommendation.
- The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for gonorrhea infection in men at increased risk for infection.
Rating: I Statement.
- The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for gonorrhea infection in men and women who are at low risk for infection.
Rating: D Recommendation.
- The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for gonorrhea infection in pregnant women who are not at increased risk for infection.
Rating: I Statement.
Update in Progress
In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.
USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.
|Research Plan||Public Comment Period|
|Draft Research Plan for Public Comment||March 7–April 3, 2013|
Current as of April 2013
Screening for Gonorrhea, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsgono.htm