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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that takes the form of a bacterial infection. While it is treatable, it can become so serious that it can cause infertility. Gonorrhea spreads through close sexual contact, with an estimated 3 million cases each year in the United States. It's easy to overlook symptoms of gonorrhea until they become very severe. Treating gonorrhea is most successful when you catch it in its earliest stages.

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1. Thick Discharge

One of the most obvious symptoms of gonorrhea is a thick discharge from the penis or the vagina. Depending upon how far the bacterial infection has progressed, the discharge may contain blood. It might also take on a cloudy appearance. This is often the first warning sign that the sufferer could, in fact, have a sexually transmitted disease. Always be sure to see a physician as soon as possible to determine the cause of these symptoms.

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