Gonorrhea Outbreak in NH
On January 19, 2017, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding the current gonorrhea outbreak in NH and treatment thereof.
- New Hampshire is experiencing an outbreak of gonorrhea. There has been a more than 250% increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in 2016 compared with prior baseline.
- Many clinicians are not treating correctly and we ask you to urgently review the current treatment guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/gonorrhea.htm), which specify the need for dual antibiotic therapy to prevent antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.
- Healthcare providers should routinely ask their gonorrhea patients to estimate the number of sexual partners they have had in the past 60 days, and help communicate the need for partners to be tested and treated for gonorrhea.
- Clinicians should offer clinic appointments for sex partners, or instruct partners to be evaluated by their own primary care providers or through other low/no-cost options. Options are listed in the attached informational sheet and should be given to patients to give to their sex partners. Additional resources for patients and sex partners can be found on our website: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/gonorrhea-providers.htm.
- Please report all cases of gonorrhea, along with any information about sex partners, to the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) at 603-271-4496.
- DPHS will support clinicians by:
1. Contacting sex partners of individuals diagnosed with gonorrhea
2. Reviewing patient treatment regimens and offering clinicians and practices in-service training on the current treatment guidelines