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Rise in gonorrhoea rates prompts fresh health warning

16 January 2017

An alarming rise in gonorrhoea cases in Perth over the past 12 months has prompted WA Health’s public health campaign reminding people about the importance of safe sex.

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Public health campaign reminding people about the importance of safe sex.

Gonorrhoea notifications across the metropolitan area have surged by 53 per cent, increasing from 1320 cases in 2014-15 to 2022 in 2015-16. The largest increase in cases, 74 per cent, has been among heterosexual women.

WA Health’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Manager, Lisa Bastian said the recent increase in gonorrhoea notifications showed that the safe sex message was not being heard.

“Gonorrhoea often will not have any symptoms, so it is crucial that anyone who has had unsafe sex visits their doctor or sexual health clinic for an STI test.

“Gonorrhoea does not discriminate, and it’s important than anyone who has new, casual or regular sexual partners, ensures they use protection when they have sex.”

For more information on gonorrhoea and sexually transmitted infections, including how to get tested, see www.couldihaveit.com.au (external website)