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Screening for Gonorrhea

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

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.

Current Recommendation

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.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 29 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Update (PDF File, 96 KB; PDF Help)

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.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

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 Related Items
Final Research Plan N/A

Evidence Review

The research team at the Evidence-based Practice Center independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The resulting draft Evidence Review is critiqued by national subject matter experts before being finalized.

Evidence Review Related Items
Draft Evidence Review for Public Comment
(April 29–May 26, 2014)

Recommendation Statement

The USPSTF reviews the Evidence Review, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more preliminary specific recommendations. The resulting draft Recommendation Statement is posted on this Web site for public comment before being finalized.

Recommendation Statement Related Items
Draft Recommendation Statement for Public Comment*
(April 29–May 26, 2014)
Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 82 KB; PDF Help)

* Note: Draft Recommendation Statements are by their nature not final, and should not be interpreted as to represent official USPSTF recommendations for practice. Draft Recommendation Statements are provided by the USPSTF for informational purposes only.

Current as of May 2014

Internet Citation:

Screening for Gonorrhea, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsgono.htm


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