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NSW Health Alerts – Gonnorrhoea and Mpox

Gonorrhoea with Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)  

NSW Health Alert was released in response to the increased detection of Antimicrobial Resistant (AMR) Gonorrhoea within NSW Gonorrhoea notifications.

Gonorrhoea is a standard request for all Asymptomatic STI Screening together with chlamydia, HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B (if status not documented in the patient’s medical record).  

However, it is essential that with increasing resistance to current first-line Antibiotic treatment for Gonorrhoea, that a gonococcal culture is collected for each positive case BEFORE treatment to ensure that all AMR Gonorrhoea is identified and adequately treated. 

For all treatment, management and contact tracing guidelines refer to The Australian STI Guidelines, contact your nearest Sexual Health Clinic or the Sexual Health Information Line (SHIL). 

New mpox cases detected in NSW 

8 mpox cases have been confirmed in recent weeks in NSW, some have been linked to an outbreak in Victoria, but local transmission has also occurred. 72 Mpox cases have now been identified in NSW since May 2022.

The latest NSW Health Alert is available via this link which gives a guide on symptoms to look out for and who to test. Anyone who exhibits symptoms of mpox infection – or who has had close and not necessarily sexual contact with a confirmed case – should be tested.  

In NSW, Mpox vaccine is recommended and free for all sexually active gay and bisexual men (cis and trans), sexual partners of these people and sex workers.  It is important to note two doses of vaccine are required, at least 28 days apart.  

To find clinics offering the vaccination visit the NSW Health website.