Find out how we define and monitor cases of gonococcal infection, and where you can learn more about this disease.
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.
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.