how long can you have the clap
Nov 21, 2010
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
It's good to hear that your husband is getting better. As you point out, one can have asymptomatic HIV infection for a long time-- which leads many to become diagnosed positive only after having developed very severe immune deficiency (a rationale for routine testing for anyone with any risk factors).
The "clap" (aka gonorrhea) is different- the vast majority of men (though fewer women) are symptomatic when they have this sexually transmitted infection.
If you're now feeling well, and haven't been evaluated, I'd recommend bringing this to the attention of your healthcare provider.
Be well, BY
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