Gonorrhoea Health Alert

This page contains information on Multi-drug-resistant (MDR) gonorrhoea.

Page last updated: 12 July 2018

Gonorrhoea Health Alert

On 17 April 2018, the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, advised that two cases of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea have been recently detected in Australia. A media release from the Chief Medical Officer is available on the Health media web page.

Key Points

  • Multi-drug-resistant (MDR) gonorrhoea exists in several countries around the world.
  • The best way to prevent gonorrhoea is to practise safe sex, even if you and/or your partner don’t have symptoms.
  • Untreated gonorrhoea can have serious complications.
  • People who have had new sexual partners are advised to get tested regularly.
  • If you have symptoms, visit your GP or sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

Information for the Public

The Department of Health has published a fact sheet with information about gonorrhoea:

Gonorrhoea Fact Sheet

Information for Clinicians

Further Information

If you would like further information about gonorrhoea, or think you may be infected, we recommend you contact your GP or sexual health clinic.

More information about gonorrhoea, including an online symptom checker, is available from the healthdirect website.

State and territory health departments list local services that can provide further information or testing. Each state and territory website also has a comprehensive fact sheet about gonorrhoea.

State or Territory Resources
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia
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