What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). Gonorrhea is also known as the “clap” or “drip.” The word “clap” first appeared in print in 1378. It is one of the oldest known diseases of humans and even mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Leviticus. A person is described with urethral discharge. Hippocrates wrote about gonorrhea and called it “strangury.” It was believed to be a result from “the pleasures of Venus” (more on the history of gonorrhea here).




The host of gonorrhea are only humans. It is able to survive for short periods of time outside the human body. Gonorrhea can be taken from a toilet seat and grown into large numbers; however, there is no evidence that transmission can occur from a public toilet seat to humans. Spreading of gonorrhea occurs by physical contact with the mucus like surface of an infected persons sores. There have been situations where an infected person came into contact via sharing of towels. This is usually between prepubescent females. If you think you’ve been infected. Treatment for gonorrhea. should commence


When should I see a doctor?


See your doctor if you notice or have any symptoms of gonorrhea. In addition, if your partner has been diagnosed with gonorrhea you should get checked out right away even if you think you are clean. Gonorrhea can be present without you having any obvious experiences suggesting otherwise. With treatment you will prevent any possible permanent damage and will prevent any reinfections.


Gonorrhea as a source of cause


Likely or co-infections with and from gonorrhea are urethritis in men and cervicitis in women. The latter in women can cause pelvic inflammatory disease or PID, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pains.

With 300,000 cases of gonorrhea annually and a likely equal number unreported, gonorrhea has other possible co-infections.

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