About gonococcal infection

Gonococcal infection (gonorrhoea) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. It can affect the urethra (the tube for urine), cervix (the opening of the uterus at the top of the vagina), anus, throat or eyes.

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

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Practicing safe sex is the best way to prevent gonorrhoea infection. For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's gonorrhoea page.

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

Surveillance and reporting

Gonococcal infection is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

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

Last updated: 
14 June 2022