Gonorrhoea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae)

Clinical criteria

Any person with at least one of the following eleven:

- Urethritis

- Acute salpingitis

- Pelvic inflammatory disease

- Cervicitis

- Epididymitis

- Proctitis

- Pharyngitis

- Arthritis

- Purulent conjunctivitis

- Perihepatitis

- Bartholinitis


Any newborn child with conjunctivitis


Laboratory criteria

At least one of the following three:

- Isolation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from a clinical specimen

- Detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae nucleic acid in a clinical specimen

- Microscopic detection of intracellular gram negative diploccocci in an urethral male specimen


Epidemiological criteria

An epidemiological link by human to human transmission (sexual contact or vertical transmission)

Case classification

A. Possible case


B. Probable case

Any person meeting the clinical criteria and with an epidemiological link

C. Confirmed case

Any person meeting the laboratory criteria 


Last Updated: 22nd November 2022