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Everything You Need to Know About Gonorrhea

Back in the 1940s, gonorrhea was mostly a nuisance. World War II soldiers were known to dismiss it as "no worse than a bad cold." A shot of an antibiotic like penicillin and you'd be good as new. It even had an adorable pet name, "the Clap," whose origins are a little unclear; it's either derived from an old French term ("clapier") for brothel—which just so happened to be where many people got gonorrhea—or from an archaic practice of treating gonorrhea by "clapping" both hands against the penis, like a cymbal crash, which forcefully expelled pus from the urethra and allegedly cured the infection. (You're welcome for that mental image!)

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