How do you get “the Clap”? That may seem like a silly question, but it’s actually one of the more frequent queries we receive from readers. Today, let’s take a closer look at this question. Together, we’ll examine “how do you get the Clap” and “how do you treat the Clap.”
One in the Same: The Clap and Gonorrhea
So, what is the Clap? Gonorrhea is the technical term for the Clap. This is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. It infects the mucous membranes of the reproductive tract. This bacterium is also known to infect the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, eyes, and rectum.
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 820,000 new gonorrheal infections are occurring in the U.S. each year. Less than half of these infections are actually detected and reported. As you can see, we’re dealing with an awful lot of clapping here.
How Do You Get The Clap?
Any sexually active person may be infected with “the Clap.” It is most commonly transmitted through sexual contact between the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus.
For both men and women, it may be difficult to realize that you are infected. It is quite possible that there won’t be any visible symptoms – but a case of gonorrhea that is left untreated can cause painful complications including infertility and beyond. Gonorrhea can also spread to other parts of the body, affecting even the joints and heart.
Now you have an answer to your question of “how do you get the Clap?” These next sections will explain the (hopefully) visible signs and symptoms of gonorrhea and how you can treat it. Read on!
How Does Gonorrhea Affect Men?
In cases where there are visible symptoms, the symptoms of gonorrhea in men may include dysuria. This is a white, yellow, or green urethral discharge. It often appears within 14 days after initial exposure to the infection. Men with gonorrhea have also experienced testicular and scrotal pain.
How Does Gonorrhea Affect Women?
Gonorrhea in women can also be hard to spot. As in men, most of the visible signs of the Clap may not be immediately visible. When present, these signs are often mild enough to seem like a common bladder infection.
In women, Gonorrhea can spread into the uterus or Fallopian tubes. The initial symptoms for women may also include dysuria and increased vaginal bleeding between periods. The disease can also damage the Fallopian tubes. Ultimately, it can result in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This in turn can lead to internal abscesses and chronic pain. In rare cases, this may lead to infertility.
For women who are pregnant, it is possible to pass a gonorrhea infection to the baby during delivery. For the child, this could lead to blindness, joint infection, or a life-threatening blood infection.
Extragenital Signs of The Clap
While genital infection is the “traditional” form of the Clap, this infection can afflict the body in other ways. Oral and rectal infections are extremely common.
An oral infection can produce a sensation that is almost indistinguishable from a sore throat. Rectal infections may include discharge, itching, bleeding, and potentially painful bowel movements.
If you have engaged in oral or anal sex, consider taking an extragenital test. This specialized exam is known as “three-site testing.” It is designed to catch an infection that would be missed in a genital-only exam.
Don’t Forget About Super Gonorrhea
Oh and one more thing. The Clap STD has evolved! Due to increased antibiotic resistance, the infection has grown more powerful than ever. We’re now dealing with “Super Gonorrhea.” That’s not exactly a technical term, but basically: the Clap is mutating. Our existing treatments just aren’t as effective as they once were. This is another reason why you should absolutely stay on top of your sexual health. This strain of STI, like all others, is best treated when it is caught early.
Regular Testing To The Rescue!
As with all sexually transmitted infections, a regular testing schedule is the key to success. myLAB Box offers at-home STD test packages for every lifestyle, including discreet packaging and free shipping. An easy five-minute test offers lab-certified results. Any customer that receives a positive result can take advantage of a free physician consultation. Thanks to the benefit of telemedicine, you can even get a prescription without ever leaving the privacy of your home.