Sexual Transmitted Diseases ( Std ) Essay

1518 Words Nov 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Sexual transmitted diseases (STD) continue to be a major public health concern. Some are unaware or can not accept the fact that STDs can happen to anyone. Some can realize that they would not be in that situation, "it will never happen to me." It is estimated that approximately 19 million new STD cases appear each year" (Nursing Women 's health). There are different types of STDs but the one that will be discussed in this paper will focus on Syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection, caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. T. pallidum can infect the central nervous system and result in neurosyphilis, "which can occur at any stage of syphilis (American Journal of Nursing). It is common diagnosed with a simple blood test. If the client does not recognize that they have Syphilis, and they go without treatment the client will acquire neurosyphilis. Early manifestations of this disease include; cranial nerve dysfunction, meningitis, stroke, acute altered mental status, and auditory or ophthalmic abnormalities are usually present within the first few months or years of infection"(CDC). The nurse plays a big role in teaching and educating clients on the risk and chances of acquiring any type of STD. Prevention is one of the biggest ways that can stop and or decrease new cases each year. According to Nursing for Women 's health, it is estimated that one in every two adolescents by age 25. Female adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 have the highest…

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