Why Is Gonorrhea Called the Clap?

Why Is Gonorrhea Called the Clap?;- Have you ever heard someone say someone has the clap? Or maybe you’ve heard about STDs being called venereal diseases and wondered what that meant? In this article, we’ll get to the bottom of these terms, plus look at some facts about Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes an infection known as gonorrhea. Let’s dive in!

The clap is an informal term for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It’s a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15 to 24 years.

Gonorrhea is an STI caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It’s a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15 to 24 years.

If you are sexually active, it’s important to be screened for STIs every year. If you do have gonorrhea, it’s important to get treated right away because it can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

Will I know if I have gonorrhea?

You might not know you have gonorrhea. The symptoms are often mild and can be mistaken for other conditions, such as:

  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections (vaginal)
  • Chlamydia

To make matters worse, some people who get it don’t notice the signs or symptoms at all! You may just think you’re having a regular yeast infection or UTI. But don’t worry—if you ever feel something’s wrong down there, let your doctor know right away so they can do an exam and test your pee to check for gonorrhea.


You can get gonorrhea from vaginal, anal, or oral sex. You can also be infected with gonorrhea if you touch a sore and then rub or scratch your eye or mouth. You can’t catch it through simple kissing.

If you have symptoms of gonorrhea, they usually appear 2 to 5 days after infection occurs (although some people don’t show any signs at all). Symptoms include:

  • Burning while urinating
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina, penis, or rectum

You may not have symptoms right away, so it’s important to get tested even if you don’t think you were exposed to the bacteria that causes this STD.

Many people who get gonorrhea don’t know it. And it often doesn’t show symptoms. But when it does, you may notice:

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Pain or burning when you pee

The name gonorrhea comes from the Greek words “gonos,” meaning “seed,” and “rhein,” meaning “to flow.” So it makes sense that you’d be affected by this disease. But how?

Gonorrhea can cause pain or burning when you pee, especially when your urine flows past the urethra—the tube that carries urine out of your body—and into the bladder. This is because gonorrhea can infect your urethra, causing inflammation that blocks the release of urine. The result: painful urination!

Abnormal vaginal discharge in women

If you have abnormal vaginal discharge, it’s important to visit a doctor. Your doctor can do an exam and may be able to diagnose what’s causing your symptoms based on the appearance of your discharge or other factors.

In general, it’s normal for women to experience vaginal discharge during their menstrual cycles—it may appear as clear or white fluid that drips from the vagina. If this is all you’re experiencing and there are no other symptoms like itching or burning in the genital area, this type of discharge is likely nothing serious. However, if you notice thick white or yellow secretions (or any unusual odor) then see a doctor right away as this could indicate an infection such as gonorrhea.

Discharge from the tip of your penis in men

While gonorrhea is usually a painless condition that can be transmitted without sexual contact, the discharge from the tip of your penis in men may be uncomfortable and even painful.

The infection can spread to other parts of your body, including your eyes and joints. If untreated, it can cause serious health problems like infertility or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Anal itching or discharge from your anus in both women and men

The majority of people who contract gonorrhea experience no symptoms at all. In fact, 80% of men and 70% of women who are unknowingly infected will never know they have it. When you do get symptoms with gonorrhea, they can be many and varied:

  • Sensitivity when urinating (burning or pain)
  • Painful urination (dysuria)
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Penile discharge in men

But what about anal itching? Anal itching is a common symptom for both men and women who have been infected by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae — but it’s not specific to this sexually transmitted disease. Anal itching can also be caused by having a bowel movement or after taking a shower! So while it’s not uncommon for people with STDs like chlamydia or herpes to experience some mild irritation in this area, don’t assume that any irritation means you’ve contracted an STD.[1]

Painful or swollen testicles in men

If you have gonorrhea, you may notice pain in your testicles. This is because the bacteria are causing swelling and inflammation of one or both testicles.

Gonorrhea is an STI that can cause serious health problems but many people with it don’t know they have it.

Gonorrhea is one of the most common STIs in the United States. It’s caused by a bacterial infection that affects both men and women, and it can be spread through vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse.

Gonorrhea can cause serious health problems if left untreated. In some cases, it spreads to other organs in your body. If you want to avoid these complications, talk to your doctor about getting tested for gonorrhea at least once a year (more often if you’re sexually active). Gonorrhea is usually treated with antibiotics—but sometimes an antibiotic-resistant strain can develop. If this happens to you and your doctor prescribes an antibiotic that won’t work on gonorrhea, she may suggest using two different types of antibiotics together instead—a combination treatment that helps destroy resistant bacteria before they have time to adapt further into stronger versions of themselves


Gonorrhea is an STI that can cause serious health problems if not treated. However, many people have gonorrhea and don’t know it because they don’t get symptoms. If you think you might have been exposed to gonorrhea, contact your doctor or go to a clinic like Planned Parenthood as soon as possible.