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Everybody wants to hear the audience clap whenever a great performance is consummated or a wonderful speech is delivered. That kind of clap is a form of flattery because it means that the people watching you appreciated what you had just done. However, a clap can sometimes be a cause of shame that is most unflattering. The clap we are referring to here means you have an unpleasant sexually transmitted disease (STD). This kind of clap is another term for a disease called gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea is a disease one often gets when you have unprotected sex with a person that has this infection in their genitals. It is caused by a nefarious bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The bacteria attacks the mucous membranes found in the genital region, which can cause severe inflammation during initial infection. As gonorrhea is an old disease that can be traced back during the biblical era, it was known as “the clap” because it was believed that unscrupulous travelers get this disease when they visit French brothels during the early 18th century. The term “the clap” has its etymology from the word “clapier”, which is the French word for “brothel”.

Although the incidence of “the clap” has been tremendously reduced over the recent years, the current estimates reveal that this grim disease is debilitating about 400,000 to as much as one million people in the United States each year. This is why awareness campaigns about the clap have been very vigorous because it can be a fatal health hazard if it is left untreated. Every one of us can be susceptible to the clap when you often engage yourself to multiple sex partners and one night stands.

You should be forewarned that you will not easily notice a person bearing “the clap” because external symptoms could be invisible within the first two weeks of infection. You should know that “the clap” can hit you hard and can affect people of every age, race and socioeconomic status. However, an age group between 15 years old to 29 years old has more propensities to be infected with “the clap” because this age group consists of adolescents and young adults that are sexually active.

Being aware of your reproductive health is the most viable solution to avoid contracting the clap. If you cannot help having sex with people you barely know, it is most advisable that you use condom. Although the clap is easily curable with penicillin and other strong antibiotics, you should still be wary about it because it can injure your reproductive system and you might never be able to conceive a child. Having “the clap” is definitely not a thing to be proud about and this is one good reason that you need to remain faithful your partner.


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