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am i required to tell my sexual partners that i have gonorrhea?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Yes: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted that will continue to spread if not treated. It is very important that all sexual partners be notified so that they receive the appropriate treatment. In addition to spreading the disease to many people, untreated gonorrhea will lead to other sequele such as chronic infection, pain, bleeding, and ectopic pregnancies.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there racial disparities in regards to gonorrhea?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes. Huge.: Great question. In 2010, rate of gonorrhea [gc] was 17-18 times higher for blacks than whites. American indians/alaska natives 5 times more than whites. Asians/pacific islanders 15 times less than whites. Hispanics 2 times more than whites. What to do about these differences [outreach, health care access] is an even bigger, critical question.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is gonorrhea in the united states?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Very common: Gonorrhea is a very common std. It is very prevalent in the younger population and college aged people. It usually is associated with chlamydial infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I become repeatedly infected with gonorrhea?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: You develop no immunity to this germ. You can get it every time you are exposed. You can develop symptoms according to which body part may be exposed.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will gonorrhea make me sterile?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe: Gonorrhea can infect a woman's uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes, leading to ectopic pregnancies and infertility. Avoiding multiple sexual partners, avoiding std's, and treating any symptoms promptly are good ways to prevent complications from gonorrhea infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why is gonorrhea also known as the clap?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
French vs Treatment: This archaic term has been around for years befor we understood what germs were about. I like the story relating it to a french brothel "clapier?", although some insist it came from an old form of treatment. Two hands brought together quickly on the "member" or a big book slammed shut to milk the debris out of the penis.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Agree -- the link to "clapier" for brothel is the usual explanation, although this isn't completely clear and some medical historians don't buy it. The reason I like it, and perhaps Dr. F as well, is that the literal translation of "clapier" is hutch, i.e. rabbit hutch -- linking back to folkore about rabbits reproducing rapidly and having sex frequently.
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