CDC Releases Updated Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Guidelines


In June the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updates guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The guidelines include information on more than 2 dozen different sexually transmitted infections, as well as STD complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and cervical and anal cancer.

The report, authored by Kimberly Workowski and Gail Bolan from the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, was prepared after consultation with a group of STD professionals who met in Atlanta in April 2013.

The new guidelines, available online and published in the June 5 edition ofMMWR Recommendations and Reports, feature new information since the last full update in 2010.

Notable changes include:

The 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines include information about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and antiretroviral treatment as prevention (TasP).

Information on sexually transmitted hepatitis C virus (HCV) in an "Emerging Issues" section. The new guidelines now recommend that people with HIV should be tested annually for HCV infection.

Below is an edited excerpt from a press release from the National Coalition of STD Directors describing the gonorrhea treatment guidelines and recommended screening for men who have sex with men in more detail.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Release Updated STD Treatment Guidelines

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Respond to Trends and Emerging Issues in STD Prevention

Washington, D.C. -- June 4, 2015 -- Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines, updating their recommendations for treating persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This update was written after a consultation in 2013 with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs as well as the release of a document for peer review in 2014. NCSD staff and NCSD members were proud to participate in this consultation.

"The testing, treatment, and the prevention of STDs is constantly evolving and CDC's ongoing investment in this intensive effort through development of these guidelines is commendable," stated William Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). "This document is a comprehensive and authoritative source for promoting sexual health through STD prevention and treatment and NCSD staff and members were pleased to play a role in its development."  

The last full update to the CDC STD Treatment Guidelines was in 2010. There have been a number of changes to the guidelines in this updated version. Some of these changes include:

In addition to all of these technical changes, the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines include a new section for the STD recommendations for transgender men and women, a special population whose unique health care needs have long been overlooked or included in sections with MSM. NCSD applauds the CDC for including this special population in these guidelines for quick access to information STD testing recommendations specifically for this population.

"There are many new updates in these new treatment guidelines," continued Smith. "NCSD encourages our member health departments, all health care providers, and organizations that work with health care providers, to educate themselves on the new guidelines to ensure they are providing the best sexual health care to all their patients."



KA Workowski and GA Bolan. Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Guidelines, 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Recommendations and Reports 64(RR3):1-137. June 5, 2015.

Other Source

G Bolan, CDC. CDC Releases Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015. Dear colleague letter. June 4, 2015.

National Coalition of STD Directors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Release Updated STD Treatment Guidelines.Press release. June 4, 2015.