5. So, rates of chlamydia are higher today than in the '90s — nothing to worry about.
9. So there were over 1.4 million cases of chlamydia in the U.S. in 2013? Doesn't seem so bad.
14. Nothing to see here.
17. Yeah, and?
FYI, in case it was not clear: This post is meant to be sarcastic. Condoms are actually hugely important for your health and well-being — for starters, they lower your risk of contracting and spreading sexually transmitted diseases; they're also 98% effective at preventing pregnancy with perfect use and 82% effective at preventing pregnancy with imperfect use. Condoms don't prevent the spread of all sexually transmitted diseases (for instance, herpes and HPV spread through skin-to-skin contact, which can happen even if you wear a condom), but they can reduce your risk. See more information about how useful and awesome and important condoms are here.
Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are all treatable in most cases, and can be cured. If you think you might have one of these diseases, definitely get tested. Herpes is a virus and can't be cured — but with the right treatment can be maintained and controlled.
Bottom line: Many, many people contract and live with STDs. The best thing you can do for your health is to protect yourself, and know your STD status so you can get the medical treatment and attention you need.
The infection pictured in item number seven is Granuloma inguinale. An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the infection.