STD Treatment Guidelines Updated

Did you know that the CDC updated its guidelines for STD treatment earlier this year? Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, MD, wrote: "A key update is for the recommended treatment of gonorrhea. For uncomplicated infections, first-line treatment for gonorrhea is now ceftriaxone 250mg IM and azithromycin 1g orally as dual treatment. Doxycyline has been downgraded to an alternative, as azithromycin as a single-dose therapy offers convenience and compliance advantages. New treatment options for patients with cephalosporin allergy are gentamicin 240mg IM plus azithromycin 2g orally OR gemifloxacin 320mg orally plus azithromycin 2g orally. Test of cure at 14 days is recommended only for individuals with pharyngeal gonorrhea who receive any alternative to first-line treatment."

Review the summary of the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines here, and read the full letter to healthcare providers from Dr. Adams here. (PDF files.)