IUSTI Europe guidelines are intended for use by specialists in the field of sexually transmitted infections. Nothing in these guidelines is intended to supersede or substitute for the normal doctor – patient relationship. The guidelines are produced on behalf of the following organisations: IUSTI Europe; the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV); the European Dermatology Forum (EDF); the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID); International Society for Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISIDOG). The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO-Europe) also contributed to their development.

Current guidelines have been through a substantial editorial and peer review process. The 2023 protocol for the production of European guidelines is available here. The current editorial board is listed here.

Patient information leaflets are produced by expert clinicians and have been through a peer review process available here.


June 2024 Position statement on the use of DoxyPEP See statement here



Partner Management (2024) 

HIV testing (2021) 

Gökengin, D., Wilson-Davies, E., Nazlı Zeka, A., Palfreeman, A., Begovac, J., Dedes, N., Tarashenko, O., Stevanovic, M. and Patel, R. (2021), 2021 European guideline on HIV testing in genito-urinary medicine settings. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol, 35: 1043-1057. https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.17139

Organisation of a consultation for sexually transmitted diseases (2019).


Chancroid (2016)

Chlamydia (2015) Under review, please contact Magnus Unemo with comments | Polish version (2015)

Donovanosis (2016)

Genital herpes (2017) under review, please contact Raj Patel with comments

Gonorrhoea (2020) Polish version (2015) M Unemo, et al. European guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of gonorrhoea in adults. Intl J STD AIDS.  DOI:10.1177/0956462420949126

Hepatitis B and C (2017)
Brook, G,, Brockmeyer, N., van de Laar, T., et al 2017 European guideline for the screening, prevention and initial management of hepatitis B and C infections in sexual health settings. Int J of STDs and AIDs (2017) 29, 10. PP949-967.

HPV (2019)
Gilson R, Nugent D, Werner R.N, Ballesteros J. Ross J. 2019 IUSTI‐Europe guideline for the management of anogenital warts

Lymphogranuloma venereum (2019)

Molluscum contagiosum (2020)

Mycoplasma genitalium (2021) 

European guideline on the management of Mycoplasma genitalium infections. J.S. Jensen, M. Cusini,  M. Gomberg, H. Moi, J. Wilson, M. Unemo. First published: 19 February 2022 https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.17972

Pediculosis Pubis (2017)

Scabies (2016) under review. Contact George-Sorin Tiplica with comments

Syphilis (2020) | Polish version (2015)

Urogenital Mycoplasmas other than M. genitalium


2022 European guideline for the management of balanoposthitis. S. Edwards, C. Bunker, E. van der Snoek, W. van der Meijden J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.18954

Epididymo-orchitis (2017)

Non-gonococcal urethritis (2016) under review please contact Andy Winter with comments

Pelvic inflammatory disease (2017)
Addendum to PID guidelines

Proctitis (2021) de Vries HJC, Nori AV, Kiellberg et al.  2021 European Guideline on the management of proctitis, proctocolitis and enteritis caused by sexually transmissible pathogens. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2021;35:1434-1443.

Vaginal Discharge (2018).
Sherrard J, Wilson J, Mendling W, et al. 2018 European Guideline for vaginal discharge. Minor revision 2023

Vulval conditions (2022) 

van der Meijden, W., Boffa, M., ter Harmsel, B., Kirtschig, G., Lewis, F., Moyal-Barracco, M., Tiplica, G.-S. and Sherrard, J. (2022), 2021 European guideline for the management of vulval conditions. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.18102


Revised chlamydia guidelines. Please send comments to Magnus Unemo by 31st September 2024 (click chlamydia button to download )

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