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“The Clam” Refers to Chlamydia

So far in our journey through STD slang we’ve talked about “The Clap” and “Crabs.” Today we’ll uncover another STD slang term commonly used, “The Clam.” Yep, we’re talking about chlamydia again.


Heard of "The Clam?" Realize it can refer to chlamydia?

What is Chlamydia?

If you need another refresher on this STD, take notes. In addition to “The Clam,” it’s also been called the “Silent” STD. That’s because many times those with chlamydia have no idea they’ve been infected. Symptoms go rogue and leave no indication that anything is wrong … that is until a guy or gal tries to start a family and faces infertility or sterility because of untreated STDs.

Here’s a quick refresher on chlamydia:

  • Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs.
  • Chlamydia is caused by a type of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.
  • It can infect the urethra, rectum and eyes in men and women, as well as the cervix in women.
  • Chlamydia is spread via vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • It can be spread from eye to eye simply by touch, sharing towels or makeup, and by coughing or sneezing.
  • Chlamydia can also be passed to an infant during childbirth.
  • Some symptoms could include:  abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, abdominal pain, pain during sex, fever, pain during urination, or the urge to urinate more frequently.

Treating Chlamydia

If there is a “great” thing about an STD, it’s that the infection is treatable. Luckily, chlamydia CAN be treated by antibiotics. Many times those with chlamydia are also infected with gonorrhea – treatment for both STDs may be performed at the same time. If you’re sexually active (especially with multiple partners or not using a condom), you’re highly encouraged to be tested for chlamydia at least once/year because of its prevalence and detrimental effects if it goes untreated.

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Crabs Aren’t Cute When it Comes to STDs

It’s time for another lesson on STD slang. Last time we talked about slang words for STDs we uncovered that “The Clap” refers to gonorrhea. Our next STD slang: Crabs.


There's nothing cute about crabs AKA pubic lice.

What are “Crabs?”

Crabs – and we’re not talking about those little red things that crawl in the sand with pinchers – are actually public lice. We previously described public lice and the symptoms. Here’s a quick review:

  • Public lice work like ticks – they attach themselves to skin and feed on blood.
  • Crabs can be passed by having contact with any person OR MATERIAL (sharing clothes, towels & bedding)
  • Crabs can only survive through the warmth of a human host (so you can’t get them from a pool.)
  • They are visible – they start out gray and turn red, they may drop eggs near public hair follicles and bite.
  • They ITCH (especially at night.)
  • They are easily treated with cremes (both prescription and non-prescription.)
  • Chances are, if you’ve had crabs – you might have another STD (or two.)

Why are Public Lice called Crabs?

This nickname for a common STD is much easier to understand than “the clap.” Pubic lice, when viewed microscopically, look like little crabs. Plus, they feed off the host and turn red as they fill with blood.

How to Avoid Crabs?

Obviously, the best way to avoid crabs is to avoid any sexual contact with someone else who has crabs. Condom use won’t prevent you from getting crabs from another infected person since the condom does not cover the pubic hair follicles from touching. Make sure to take caution when sharing clothing, towels or bedding with another individual – especially if they have crabs. Washing in hot water can help rid any lingering lice that may be hiding out in the fibers.

If you do come down with crabs, see a physician to help recommend remedy. Pubic lice may be treated similarly to any other case of lice – it’s important to comb out any obvious parasites and eggs, faithfully apply cremes, and avoid contact with other individuals until the lice are gone.

Don’t Forget:  If you have Crabs it’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you get STD tested.

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“The Clap” Doesn’t Mean “Congrats” in STD World

Some of you may be all too familiar with “the clap.” And some of you might just think we’re talking about applause. However anyone out there who’s ever dealt with “the clap” will tell you it’s nothing to be excited or congratulatory about. Join me today as we open a chapter on STD slang!


"The Clap" is nothing to clap about

What is “The Clap?”

“The Clap” is a slang term used to talk about gonorrhea. In recent years, some have used it to refer to any STD or mistake it with chlamydia, but really – it refers to gonorrhea. Search the web and you will find several answers and theories about where this slang term came from. Some suggestions include:

  • It’s derived from a French word for “brothel”
  • It came from the Paris neighborhood Clapier which had a brothel
  • During WW2, soldiers would “collapse” because of the infections, which turned into having “the clap”
  • Treatment of the disease would involve “clapping” a penis from both sides, or pain would feel as tough there was “clapping” occurring inside of the urethra
  • Margaret Clap, an 18th century brothel keeper – a namesake for her
  • Microscopic term of two cocci “clapping”
  • And then there’s this random thing that has to do with rabbits.

Like we said – there’s not really a clear answer. But one thing is clear – having “the clap” is zero fun.

Treating “The Clap”

STDs are very common (did you see our STD statistics post last week?) and especially gonorrhea. Gonorrhea usually effects areas of the reproductive tract, but can also disturb your rectum, throat/mouth and even your eyes. Usually signs appear within a week, but could take as long as a month. However – like several STDs, many have gonorrhea yet never know. Especially women. In the event there are symptoms, this is what may occur:

Guys Gonorrhea Symptoms

penis discharge (can be white, green, yellow or slightly bloody), burning pee, urge and increased frequency of pee, pain near your balls, swelling, fever

Gals Gonorrhea Symptoms

painful pee, urge to go pee, creamy or bloody discharge, abnormal bleeding, bleeding during sex, pain with sex, swelling and tenderness near the vagina (note: if you’re pregnant, you CAN pass this along to your baby if it goes untreated, fyi.)

STD testing for “The Clap”

With the right medication and treatment, you can clear up the infection in no time. While it may not seem like a big deal, not treating gonorrhea can create problems down the line – not just for you, but for your future spouse and/or kids.

Frequent STD testing, especially if you’ve had multiple sexual partners – is key in discovering if you have “the clap” and then forming a plan to get rid of it. Now being bold to do that and get an STD … is something to applaud.


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