IUSTI 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 2020 agreed 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.



Partner Management (2015) Under review, contact Keith Radcliffe with comments

HIV testing (2021) 

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)

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 (2016) Under review, please contact Magnus Unemo with comments

Pediculosis Pubis (2017)

Scabies (2016)

Syphilis (2020) | Polish version (2015)

Urogenital Mycoplasmas other than M. genitalium


Balanoposthitis (2014) under review, please contact Willem van der Meijden with comments

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.

Sexually acquired reactive arthritis (2014)

Vaginal Discharge (2018).
Sherrard J, Wilson J, Mendling W, et al. 2018 European Guideline for vaginal discharge. Intl J STD AIDS 2018;29:1258-1272

Vulval conditions (2016) Under review, please send any comments to Jackie Sherrard


Draft vulval conditions 2021 for consultation. Please send any comments to Jackie Sherrard by 28th February 2022