Gonococcal infection case definition

This document contains the case definitions for Gonococcal infection which is nationally notifiable within Australia. This definition should be used to determine whether a case should be notified.

Page last updated: 19 February 2019

Version Summary of changes Last reviewed Implementation date

Initial case definition

1.1 ‘Detection of typical Gram-negative intracellular diplococci in a smear from a genital tract specimen’ removed as a source of laboratory definitive evidence November 2018 1 January 2019


Only confirmed cases should be notified.

Confirmed case

A confirmed case requires laboratory definitive evidence only.

Laboratory definitive evidence

  1. Isolation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae


  1. Detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae by nucleic acid testing

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