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Clin Infect Dis. 1992 Nov;15 Suppl 1:S123-30.

Evaluation of new anti-infective drugs for the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhea in adults and adolescents. Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Food and Drug Administration.

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Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.


Gonorrhea is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Treatment for uncomplicated gonorrhea should be efficacious in > or = 95% of cases. Because patients with gonococcal infections often have other sexually transmitted diseases concurrently, individuals enrolled in clinical trials of therapy for gonorrhea should also be evaluated for infection with Chlamydia trachomatis and for syphilis. Testing for other pathogens should be considered in light of the clinical presentation. The presence of gonococcal infection is defined by a positive culture of a specimen obtained from an appropriate mucosal site. Patients enrolled in clinical trials should be otherwise-healthy adults who agree to return for follow-up assessment. These patients should be stratified by gender and anatomic site of infection. The preferred study design is a prospective, randomized, double-blind, active-control comparison. In some circumstances, however, historical controls may suffice. The study drug must have an efficacy rate of > or = 95% in genital and rectal infections. Microbiological eradication, demonstrated by negative cultures of samples from all potentially infected mucosal sites at follow-up, is the sole determinant of efficacy.

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