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This map shows the distribution of state laws requiring premarital syphilis tests in 1944.

This film presents a newly developed Rapid Treatment Center, one of a large system of centers created during the war. It shows the treatment program female patients undergo as well as the "rehabilitative" programs conducted.
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This film puts the syphilis problem in the context of the war. It presents the effects of the illness, statistics about how it affects the war effort, and control principles.
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"Guard them against syphilis, Get a blood test today"

This poster advises audiences to get a blood test. It features an image of an African American mother and her baby.

This poster warns men to avoid promiscuous women. It also includes a map of prophylaxis station locations.

"Don't take a chance, Take a Pro"

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease : Pro Stations in this Area at All Dispensaries"

This poster uses Japanese stereotypes and warns audiences that gonorrhea (clap) threatens the war effort.

This poster shows the locations of prophylactic stations in Panama City and Tyndall Field. There are stations for separate stations for African American and white soldiers and officers. The border has cartoon images of servicemen and pick-ups.

"every state has a syphilis problem...Where does your state stand?"

This poster shows the rate of infection for each state. These statistics are based on the results of the blood tests given to men during their Selective Service examinations.

This is a promotional poster for National Social Hygiene Day that urges community participation to help support the war effort.

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This comic features two sailors. One picks up women all around the world and ends up sick. The other ignores other women and returns home to his sweetheart.

"See your doctor or health officer"

In this comic a sailor contracts VD from a pick-up, uses quack medicine to try and cure the illness, and then is sick in the midst of battle. Later his fellow sailors chastise him and tell him to see the medical officer.

In this comic strip, sailors are eager to make it to land so they can meet some women. One sailor picks up a woman in the park at night but flees later when he sees her in the light and she is unattractive. As the sailor runs away, another quips that…

This poster urges community participation in VD control to strengthen the war effort. This version has been personalized for use by a industrial health program in Fort Greene, an area in Brooklyn, NY.

"VD Delays Victory : Let's Know The Facts :…

This is a page from a health newsletter created for workers by a industrial health program in Fort Greene, an area in Brooklyn, NY. Each issue focused on different health issue. Two of the issues this year were on syphilis.

The poster reminds viewers not to forget to visit prophylaxis stations.

This poster features a sailor in a dunce cap writing lines on the board as punishment for not going to the prophylaxis station.

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

This poster warns that women may be promiscuous and advises servicemen to use prophylaxis.

"Sex Exposure Without Prophylaxis And You Lose to Venereal Disease : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster likens sex without prophylaxis to gambling.

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This poster advises servicemen to make a resolution to use prophylaxis if they have sex.
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