Sexual and reproductive health

Information and resources on sexual and reproductive health.

Ministry of Health information

New Zealand Gonorrhoea guideline

This is a detailed resource document to back up the NZSHS best practice clinical guideline. As well as general management advice, the content also includes information on:

  1. targeted testing to balance the sensitivity and specificity of nucleic acid amplification testing to reduce the impact of false positive results in low prevalence populations
  2. surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibility and
  3. importance of prompt reporting of suspected treatment failures to specialist services

View the Gonorrhoea guideline on the New Zealand Sexual Health Society Incorporated website


Updated STI management guidelines available (July 2012)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common in New Zealand. Associated complications include chronic pain, infertility, neonatal morbidity and genital tract cancer. Surveillance data regularly indicates that those aged less than 25 years and non-Europeans show a disproportionate burden of STIS, the highest numbers and rates for each STI are almost always seen in the 15 to 19 years and 20 to 24 years age groups. Primary care practitioners diagnose and treat the majority of STI cases in New Zealand.

Best practice guidelines on the management of STIs are an essential component of effective management of STIs in order to: (a) prevent onward transmission; (b) assist with partner notification; (c) reduce potential health complications; and (d) reduce risk of potential complications associated with development of antibiotic resistance.

View updated STI management guidelines at New Zealand Sexual Health Society

STI Surveillance Reports

View the latest STI Surveillance Reports from ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research)


Chlamydia Management Guidelines (30 July 2008)

The Sexual Health Advisory Group to the Ministry of Health has written Chlamydia Management Guidelines with recommendations for the opportunistic testing and treatment of chlamydia.

The Ministry is planning to pilot implementation of the guidelines. Following analysis of the pilot, changes may be incorporated into the guidelines and hard copies of the guidelines will then be widely distributed nationally.

A two-page summary of the recommendations is also available.


Relevant publications on other sites

HealthEd is a searchable catalogue of resources about key public health topics. The Ministry makes these available to the public, including health professionals, to promote a better understanding of public health and preventative measures that contribute to maintaining public health and wellbeing.

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