This website is a great resource for learning about Gonorrhea. It has many
up to date research articles, studies and statistics. On STD trends, Pelvic
Inflammatory Disease (PID), Treatments, Antibiotic Resistance and Infertility.
The following is from their fact sheet:
'Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes in women, and in the urethra in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.
Any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. It is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for the virus to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery.
Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease. CDC estimates that more than 700,000 persons in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year. Only about half of these infections are reported to CDC. In 2004, 330,132 cases of gonorrhea were reported to CDC.
Although many men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all, some signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.
In women, the symptoms are often mild, the may include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms.
Several antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea in adolescents and adults. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing in many areas of the world, including the United States, and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult. In April 2007, CDC officially added gonorrhea to a list of super bugs that are now resistant to common antibiotics.
The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of gonorrhea.'
From the website: 'Gonorrhea is commonly known by the slang term 'the clap'.
One suggested etymology refers to a traditional treatment used to clear
the blockage in the urethra from gonorrheal pus, where the penis would be
'clapped' on both sides simultaneously.
It could also refer to the painful sting in the male urethra, which feels like the sting of a clap (as in clapping hands) when infected with the disease. Yet another suggested source is from the old French word 'clapier', meaning 'brothel'. Another suggested source for the term is from a notorious 18th century keeper of a brothel, Margaret Clap (better known as 'Mother Clap'), though perhaps her name itself was derived from the slang term. This term has, in recent years, come to be used by extension to refer to any unspecified sexually transmitted disease.'
Page Title: 'Gonorrhea: Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). Symptoms
of 'The Clap', Health Treatment, Genitals, Oral, Pictures'.
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