A blunt warning about rising gonorrhoea infections has been issued by the ACON’s director of HIV and sexual health.

Geoff Honnor said notifications had been climbing steeply and were now at a six-year high.

“Gonorrhoea is on the rise across NSW with a concentration of cases in inner Sydney, and rises are also occurring nationally and in gay communities throughout the world,” Honnor said.

“Condoms provide the most effective protection against gonorrhoea during anal sex.”

Honnor also warned that the presence of STIs could increase the risk of HIV transmission during sex.

All sexually active gay men are being urged to see their GP or visit a sexual health clinic to be tested for gonorrhoea and other STIs as soon as possible.

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