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Gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae)
1996 Case Definition

CSTE Position Statement(s)

  • 09-ID-35

Clinical Description

A sexually transmitted infection commonly manifested by urethritis, cervicitis, or salpingitis. Infection may be asymptomatic.

Laboratory Criteria for Diagnosis

  • Isolation of typical gram-negative, oxidase-positive diplococci (presumptive Neisseria gonorrhoeae) from a clinical specimen, OR
  • Demonstration of N. gonorrhoeae in a clinical specimen by detection of antigen or nucleic acid, OR
  • Observation of gram-negative intracellular diplococci in a urethral smear obtained from a male

Case Classification


  • Demonstration of gram-negative intracellular diplococci in an endocervical smear obtained from a female, OR
  • A written morbidity report of gonorrhea submitted by a physician


A case that is laboratory confirmed


The 1996 case definition appearing on this page was re-published in the 2009 CSTE position statement 09-ID-35. Thus, the 1996 and 2010 versions of the case definition are identical.