When teaching a sex education class, the nurse identifies the most common STDs in the United States as:
A . Chlamydia
B . Herpes genitalis
C . Syphilis
D . Gonorrhea
(A) Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most common STD in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend screening of all high-risk women, such as adolescents and women with multiple sex partners.
(B) Herpes simplex genitalia is estimated to be found in 5C20 million people in the United States and is rising in occurrence yearly.
(C) Syphilis is a chronic infection caused by Treponema pallidum. Over the last several years the number of people infected has begun to increase.
(D) Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection caused by the organism Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Although gonorrhea is common, chlamydia is still the most common STD.