About donovanosis

Donovanosis is a bacterial infection that the bacterium Klebsiella granulomatis causes. The name derives from Donovan bodies, which are cells present in people with the infection.

It affects the genital area, causing red, painless ulcers that bleed easily. Donovanosis is a sexually transmissible disease.

Disease type: 
Sexually transmissible
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms and treatment

For information about prevention, symptoms and treatment, see the NT government's donovanosis page.

Our National strategies for bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections address donovanosis.

Surveillance and reporting

Donovanosis is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

For more on donovanosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Last updated: 
14 June 2022