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Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoea. It is spread by sexual contact and can infect the urethra, anus, throat, cervix, uterus and even the eyes, potentially leading to serious complications.

Gonorrhoea notifications have increased in all states and territories. Gonorrhoea has increased in heterosexual women and men, as well as in men who have sex with men. There have been two cases of multi-drug resistant (MDR) gonorrhoea detected in Australia that are highly resistant to all of the antibiotics that have been in routine use to treat gonorrhoea.

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Last updated: 5 June 2023

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