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    Important News For Anyone Who Plans To Have Sex, Ever

    Please don't have sex without reading this.

    It's official: Reported STDs have reached an all-time high, according to a new report released Wednesday by the CDC.

    More than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2015. That's a lot of chlamydia.

    There were nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea reported in 2015.

    Rates of syphilis increased the most from 2014. Nearly 24,000 cases were reported, which was up by 19%.

    The good news is that these infections are totally curable. Just get tested so you can get your antibiotics and get on with your life.

    It's possible that STD rates are up because STD screening is up, which would be a good thing. But it's also a sign that we need to focus more heavily on prevention.

    Bottom line: Don't freak out. Just use protection and get tested!

    Use a condom or dental dam every time you hook up, and find out more about how to get tested regularly here. And if you have a penis, here's a more specific guide to getting tested.


    According to the report, the rate of syphilis in women increased by 27% since 2014. A previous version of this post stated that it decreased by 27%.