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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease. It is often referred to as the clap. Although there is no real evidence of where the term originally came from, there are a few possibilities of how it got that nickname. For example, the old French term clapier describes a brothel. The disease was common among the military men during the first and Second World War. Personnel who treated the GIs said they had the collapse; clap is the bastardized form of the word collapse.

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1. What Is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is a disease that is spread through sexual intercourse, whether it is vaginal, anal, or oral. The bacterium tends to infect warm and moist areas, such as the urethra, eyes, throat, anus, vagina, and female reproductive tract.

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