Gonorrhea (misspelled as ghonarea, ghonerea, ghoneria, ghonnerea, ghonoria, ghonorrea, gohnorea, gonaria, gonerea, gonnarea, gonneria, gonorrea, gonorrhea, and gonorrhoea, etc.) is a highly contagious sexually transmitted STD bacterial infection, sometimes referred to as the clap.


The nickname of the clap refers to a treatment that used to clear the blockage in the urethra from gonorrhea pus, where the penis would be 'clapped' on both sides simultaneously.


This gonorrhea treatment is rarely used today, however the nomenclature remains. Gonorrhea is characterized by thick discharge from the penis or vagina. In addition to male reproductive organs & female genital tract, gonorrhea may infect the rectum, throat, eyes, blood, skin, & joints.


Gonorrhea spreads through semen or vaginal fluids during unprotected sexual contact, heterosexual or homosexual, with an infected partner:


  • vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner.
  • oral sex, although this is less common.
  • sharing sex toys.
  • touching parts of the body with fingers (for example, touching the private parts and then the eyes).
  • any very close physical contact.
  • the bacteria can be passed from hand to hand (very rare isolated cases).
  • from a mother to her baby at birth.


You can NOT catch it from simple kissing, sharing baths, towels, cups, or from toilet seats.


1/2 of women & 1/10 of men who have gonorrhea have no symptoms at all. Women's symptoms can include discharge from the vagina, frequent urination, pain or burning when urinating, & pain between periods. Men are most likely to experience pain during urination & discharge from the penis. The throat infection rarely shows symptoms.


Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women


  • strong smelling vaginal discharge that may be thin & watery or thick & yellow/green.
  • irritation or discharge from the anus.
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • possibly some low abdominal or pelvic tenderness.
  • pain or a burning sensation when passing urine.
  • low abdominal pain sometimes with nausea.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men


  • white, yellow or green thick discharge from the tip of the penis.
  • inflammation of the testicles & prostate gland.
  • irritation or discharge from the anus.
  • urethral itch & pain or burning sensation when passing urine.


Gonorrhea is caused by the growth and proliferation of the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The disease can survive in the eye, rectum, mouth, penis, throat, or vagina. This means that it can be transmitted through any variety of sexual contact. 


Once infected, a person runs a high risk of spreading the bacteria to other parts of their body. For instance, someone with gonorrhea may rub his or her eye, inadvertently spreading the infection and elongating the treatment period. The infection can also be spread from mothers to babies during childbirth.


Because gonorrhea is a bacterial infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics for the infection can be taken orally or via injection. It is important that the patient does not engage in sexual interactions until he/she has finished all of the prescribed treatment.


Feeling better does not always mean that the infection is gone. Medical professionals will advise that any infected person notify everyone with whom they have had relations with in the past month about the infection.


Using a condom every time you have sex reduces your chance of contracting gonorrhea. Bacterial infections such as gonorrhea are more common among the promiscuous. If you have even the slightest inclination that you or your partner may be infected with gonorrhea, abstain from sex until consulting with a medical professional. 

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