P026 Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC): changing pattern of antibiotic sensitivity and persistence of DNA detection 2007 – 2016

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Abstract

Introduction

Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) is used in GUM clinics to diagnose GC infection; however its in-built sensitivity potentially detects DNA from non-viable organisms following successful treatment. BASHH guidelines stipulate that test of cure with NAAT (TOC) should take place 2 weeks post-treatment.

Introduction

This study aims to determine whether this is an adequate time interval to perform TOC. We also analysed the changing pattern of antibiotic sensitivity between 2007 – 2016.

Methods

All GC cases at our clinic between 01/01 and 30/06 in 2007–2016 were identified, assessed for antibiotic sensitivity and analysed for TOC data from 2013–2016.

Results

Of 131 cases in 2016, culture and sensitivities were available for 80, with TOC in 63.

Results

TOC was performed between 6 and 77 days post-treatment with mean, median and mode of 18, 14 and 14 days respectively.

Discussion

No cultures were resistant to ceftriaxone. This is the first year a case has shown reduced susceptibility to 4 antibiotic groups. From 2015-2016 there has been an increase in GC fully sensitive to the antibiotic testing panel.

Discussion

Our data supports BASSH guidelines for TOC 2 weeks post-treatment.

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