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This poster details how to use mechanical and chemical prophylaxis.

The caption in this poster is in Italian. Lamenting that contracting VD is a sad end to a furlough, it also warns viewers to use prophylaxis.

Two older men sit having a drink. One says, "My boy was wounded in the African landing." The other man, looking disappointed, replies, "Mine was wounded in this country by a street walker."

This poster wards servicemen to "avoid VD" so they can go home "clean" to their families.

This comic poster shows a serviceman who picks up a woman at a dance hall and fails to use prophylaxis. He ends up in the VD ward.

This poster shows the various locations where servicemen at the Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base can get prophylaxis.

This poster warns that VD is a threat to the war effort.

This poster features a snake and warns of the serious effects of VD--pain, feebleness, sorrow, and misery.

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This poster shows syphilis and gonorrhea gremlins chaining up a serviceman.

"Avoid V.D."

This poster warns servicemen to avoid VD and reminds them of their sweethearts at home.

"Suspect! PRO-tect!"

This poster advises servicemen to avoid VD.

This poster features a hand wiping away a graph. It warns that VD requires a long convalescence.

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This poster shows the Axis leaders congratulating a prostitute for spreading VD. Below them, the venereal ward is full.

This poster warns soldiers stationed in Asia to avoid VD through abstinence or prophylaxis use.

"Abstinence is the safest measure! Otherwise: 1. Use a contraceptive (rubber) plus 2. Immedicate prophylaxis treatment (know the locations of 'pro'…

This poster advises audiences to use prophylaxis.

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease : Pro. Stations in This Area"

This poster shows a Japanese man looking at a graph of VD rates. It advises audiences to avoid gonorrhea so they can fight the Japanese.

This poster shows a fighting soldier and warns servicemen that their VD hurts the war effort.

This poster tells the story of Private Blotz who contracts VD.

"Citation: George Q. Blotz, A.S.N. 00000000. Private. For conspicuous stupidity on the field of dishonor. On the night of August 4, 1942 Pvt. Blotz went to the town nearest his post.…

This poster advertises a new prophylaxis kit.

"Beware of VD"

This poster features a soldier returning home on crutches. It advises servicemen to avoid VD so they won't feel ashamed when they return home.
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