Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Center of Excellence
California’s Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea (ARGC) Center of Excellence is the online hub for information and resources on antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea to help health care providers and health departments prepare for and respond to antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea within California. For general information on gonorrhea, please see the CDPH STD Control Branch
Each year in the United States, half of all gonococcal infections are resistant to at least one antibiotic. Currently, only one class of antibiotics (cephalosporins) remains effective in treating gonorrhea. Enhanced GC surveillance to monitor gonorrhea infections, along with establishing systems for providers and local health departments to respond to suspected antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea cases, are important strategies to prepare for resistant gonorrhea. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) STD Control Branch is engaged in three grants funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that our state can prepare and respond to this imminent threat: Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP), STD Surveillance Network (SSuN), and Strengthening the US Response to Resistant Gonorrhea (SURRG).