What is the clap? Gonorrhea (the clap) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the gonococcus bacteria. Gonorrhea is also popularly known as the clap. Gonorrhea is characterised by an extremely high risk of contagion.
About 30 to 40% of women have no immediate symptoms or complaints of the clap. In women, the symptoms of gonorrhea are often recognizable in a mild form. The symptoms are often mistaken for a vaginal infection or a bladder infection. The symptoms which arise in women, in many cases, are as follows:
• A painful or burning sensation when urinating.
• Vaginal bleeding between periods.
• Increased vaginal secretion (foul-smelling thick vaginal discharge, often green or yellow in colour).
• Itching and burning of the vagina, urge to urinate.
Women with gonorrhea (the clap) are at high risk of developing serious complications.
Some men with gonorrhea experience absolutely no symptoms. In contrast, the majority of men will suffer from symptoms that appear two to five days after infection. The symptoms that occur in men often consist of:
• pus-like discharge from the urethra, often white, yellow or green in colour.
• painful or swollen testicles (testes) in some men.
• frequently urinating small amounts.
• burning or irritated urination.
Symptoms of rectal infection can cause both men and women anal itching, mucous discharge, anal pain or pain while defecating. Rectal infection does not always lead to complaints, except an occasionally irritated throat with a sore throat as a result. Usually, however, there are no symptoms.
Gonorrhea (the clap) is not only passed on during intercourse, but also during oral sex. A gonorrhea infection can also be transmitted through masturbation.
The infection is caused by the gonococci settling in the mucous membranes of the anus, penis, vagina, throat and/or eyes. From the moment the gonococci have nested in the mucosa an infection has taken place which can eventually reach the bloodstream. One should therefore take due note of the symptoms as described below.
Do I have gonorrhea? With a gonorrhea infection women tend to experience little or no symptoms. Men, on the other hand, do - usually within a few days to several weeks. The symptoms associated with a gonorrhea infection include:
• Increased vaginal discharge, which is pus-like and has an unpleasant smell.
• Additional blood loss between two consecutive periods.
• A yellow/greenish pus-like discharge coming from the urethra. (the clap)
• Physical discomfort such as irritation and pain during urination.
• Itching around the anus.
• Pus-like substance in stools.
• Inflamed glands in the throat, neck or elsewhere in the body.
If someone does not undergo the treatment for gonorrhea (the clap) and takes action against the symptoms, it leads to epididymitis in men and to pelvic inflammatory disease in women. Pregnant women with a gonorrhea infection can even pass on this infection to their child. Gonorrhea is more treatable in an early stage. Take the anonymous gonorrhea self-test.
What is the clap? The clap is another word for gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is the medical term for what is often referred to as the clap. The clap and gonorrhea are the exact same thing, but the term clap is often used by young people instead of the medical term gonorrhea. The word gonorrhea is often misspelled, for example as gonnorhea, gonorrhea. On the other hand, the word clap is often written correctly.