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Do you know how to get rid of the Clap? Of course by “the clap,” we’re referring to gonorrhea. That said, before you can clear a gonorrhea infection, you first need a thorough screening.
Today we’ll talk about the infection, how to screen for it and how to treat it. And just for fun, we’ll discuss an old-timey method that is definitely NOT a good example of how to get rid of the Clap.
Getting Started: What is the Clap?
Before we start, here’s a quick history of the Clap. As many of us know, the Clap is a nickname for the sexually transmitted infection known as gonorrhea. Why do we call it the clap? There are two theories. The first explanation proposes that the nickname originates from the French word “clapier.” Translated to English, “clapier” means “brothel.” According to legend, soon after a night of risky unprotected sex in a brothel, people would often discover that they had contracted gonorrhea. “Clapier” minus the “ier.” Now you’ve got the Clap!
The second theory is a spectacularly wrong example of how to get rid of the Clap. Building off of the “brothel” theory, this second theory for how the nickname came about comes from sailors who were visiting foreign lands. After visiting the brothel, sailors would return to their ships, often with a newfound case of gonorrhea! Now, a licensed medical doctor was hard to come by on your average ship. This led worried sailors to think…creatively.
You see, a common symptom of gonorrhea is a discharge that leaks from a man’s penis. Now here comes the terrible idea we referred to earlier. These sailors would often take oars or paddles… and harshly “clap” them together on both sides of the infected organ. That was supposedly the way to “clap out the infection.”
It didn’t work. Obviously.
Now, it’s very clear that you don’t need to visit a brothel to catch gonorrhea. You can see why people back then made the connection, but today we know better. The Clap is extremely common. So common in fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports approximately 820,000 new infections of gonorrhea each year. As you can imagine, this is much bigger than any brothel. In fact, any sexually active person is at risk for catching this STI.
The Symptoms of The Clap
Unfortunately, the initial symptoms of gonorrhea aren’t always detectable with the naked eye. This is why testing is the only way to know for sure whether the infection is present in your body.
That said, in cases that do show physical symptoms, here’s what to look out for:
- An Abnormal discharge
- An urge to urinate
How To Get Rid of The Clap
Before we talk about how to get rid of the Clap, let’s look at how to stop it from spreading in the first place. Practicing safe sex is always a good place to start. Just be aware, a condom isn’t a cure-all. If it breaks, both you and your partner are at risk. When left untreated, the Clap can result in serious health complications.
Fortunately, there is hope. When the Clap is detected early, it is absolutely curable. But first the infection needs to be diagnosed.
Regular testing for gonorrhea is the smartest way to take full control of your sexual health. To help in this manner, myLAB Box offers home STI test kits for gonorrhea and many other sexually transmitted infections.
Here’s how it works:
- Order an STI testing kit (You even get free shipping!)
- Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions.
- Send the sample off for testing. (More free shipping!)
- Receive your lab-certified results online in just days.
These home testing kits can be completed in less than five minutes. You’ll receive lab-certified results within a few days. Our results are completely confidential, and can be easily checked via a secure, private website.
In the event that you test positive, you can even speak with a medical professional and be prescribed medication and treatment right over the phone. myLAB Box makes it easy for you to test at home as often as you need.
That’s how easy it is to test from the privacy of home. myLAB Box offers peace of mind at any time and from any place. The first step any sexually active person needs to take when it comes to eliminating a case of the clap is getting tested. Don’t hesitate. Regular testing is critical for stopping the spread of infection. Don’t stress, just test!
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