Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - Best Practice Guidelines 

STIEF – Genital Herpes and HPV Management Guidelines 

The following STIEF guidelines are available online.

NZSHS – STI Guidelines for use in primary care

The New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) STI guidelines for use in primary care settings were revised in 2021 and are available at These have been developed collaboratively by clinical experts and professional associations to guide clinical care. Every effort has been taken to ensure that the information in these resources is correct at the time of publishing.

View the following guidelines here.


  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Chlamydia 
  • Candidiasis
  • Ectoparasites
  • Genital warts
  • Gonorrhoea 
  • Hepatitis A, B & C
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis


  • Anorectal syndromes
  • Epididymo-orchitis 
  • Genital skin lesions
  • Genital ulcers
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) 
  • Urethritis 
  • Vaginal discharge 

Populations & Situations

  • Correctional facilities
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who are not eligible for publicly funded healthcare
  • People who use drugs
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • STI prevention
  • Transgender and non-binary people
  • Women who have sex with women
  • Young people

NZSHS – Syphilis in Pregnancy Guideline

The NZSHS Syphilis in Pregnancy Guideline was published in September 2020 and is available at

Other Useful Resources

The following resources are available at

Useful Links

  • Express STI Testing Questionnaire
  • The Gender Unicorn
  • How to Take a Vaginal Swab
  • How to Take an Anorectal Swab
  • STI Notification Flowchart (Public Health) - Summary


Free Download Resources on Genital Herpes

You can also access our guides online. Most are able to be downloaded in pdf form:

 Guidelines for the Management of Genital Herpes in New Zealand (online only)

PDF-download.png Summary of Genital Herpes Guidelines
PDF-download.png Genital Herpes - The Facts (our comprehensive leaflet, including herpes & relationships, pregnancy and facial herpes) 
PDF-download.png Genital Herpes – Myths Vs Facts

New Zealand Health Professionals Only

If you would like to get a print copy of the information booklets, fill out the form on the health professionals' request for printed materials