Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are all on the rise in the U.S., according to a new report from the CDC.
There were over 1.4 MILLION cases of chlamydia reported in 2014 — the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the CDC.
Gonorrhea increased 5.1% since 2013, with over 350,000 reported cases in 2014.
Rates of syphilis went up 15.1% since 2013, with almost 20,000 reported cases in 2014.
One explanation for the rise in STD rates is that more people are getting tested, which is a good thing.
The CDC has specific screening recommends for women and for men who have sex with men, but unfortunately there aren't clear cut guidelines for everyone.
Regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual activities, you can always ask to be tested any time you have symptoms, if you had unprotected sex, or if one of your partners has been diagnosed.