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

The poster promotes abstinence and medical exams before marriage. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Love is essential, and mutual respect, common interests, and unselfish consideration are the foundations of love :…

"Get Full Medical Examination For VD Before Marriage"

This poster advises couples to get VD exams before marrying to ensure their happiness.

"A blood test and a physical examination--every year, for you and yours."

This comic strip shows the initiation of an industry syphilis control program. It makes clear that screening employees for syphilis improves efficiency and that results will be confidential.

This comic strip shows a couple, Frank and Ann, who consult their physician and get premarital syphilis exams. There is also text accompanying the strip that gives more information.

"How syphilis was discovered in 1000 consecutive cases referred to the syphilis clinic by other divisions of the Johns Hopkins Dispensary : Data from Albert Keidel, M.D., Archives of Dermotology and Syphilology, Vol. 25, p. 470, 1932."

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"The Work Projects Administration is Cooperating in the National Campaign to Stamp Out Syphilis! : 1. You are asked to go to your private doctor for a blood test. If you cannot pay for this go to any of the following : City Clinics : Health Center :…

This poster conveys that the results of syphilis exams are confidential.

"A special dark-field microscope is needed to see the tiny, pale spirochete--the germ that causes syphilis."

Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. The photograph shows a man looking through a darkfield microscope at…

"Self-treatment and the quack are useless in syphilis. See your doctor of local clinic for adequate treatment."

"Find syphilis early. Serum from the first sore may reveal syphilis even before the blood test will show it."

Detail from an…
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