Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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

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.
(Click on the link below to download the film from the OPA.)

This film was created to educate physicians about venereal disease. It explains symptoms and how to diagnose syphilis, general control principles, treatment, congenital syphilis, and other topics.
(Click on the link below to access the film at the…

This film begins with the story of a young Italian-American couple whose baby is stillborn due to syphilis. It also tells the story of a young man who contracts the illness from a brothel. The film explains the effects of syphilis, emphasizes the…

"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 featuring a happy newlywed couple advises people to be tested for syphilis before marriage.

These stamps were created to promote blood tests in NYC.

"Be Fit: Bureau of Social Hygiene, New York City: See Your Doctor : Be Examined : Have a Blood Test"

These stamps were created to promote blood tests in NYC.

"See Your Doctor : Be Examined : Have a Blood Test : Bureau of Social Hygiene : N.Y.C. Health Dept. Cooperating with N.Y. State Health Dept. & U.S. Public Health Service"

This poster advises mothers to be tested for syphilis as soon as they know they are pregnant.

"You Can Have A Healthy Baby : Ask your Doctor to give you a Careful Physical Examination including Blood Test as soon as you know a Baby is Coming."

"Clinics give free : Blood Tests : Medicine : Advice : Pamphlets : These are given confidentially : Any one who has been exposed should go at once to a good doctor or a good clinic : By certain tests : The presence of syphilis or gonorrhea germs can…

This chart diagrams the process of finding cases of syphilis within families and how to prevent congenital syphilis.

This infographic presents the steps industry should take to help control syphilis among their employees and within the community. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

This photograph shows a woman working with blood samples. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

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

This is the cover to a syphilis pamphlet created for African American audiences. It shows a mother getting her blood drawn for a blood test while her husband and daughter look on.

This is the cover for a pamphlet created for African American audiences. It features a photograph of a black woman getting blood drawn.

These images are from a pamphlet created for African American audiences. It includes information about causes, symptoms, testing, treatment, and effects. While it does use the word "syphilis" a few times, it primarily uses the phrase "bad blood" to…

This poster informs viewers that syphilis can be cured if people are tested and treated adequately.

This comic strip shows Jane consulting her doctor and getting a prenatal syphilis test. She has a healthy baby. There is also text accompanying the strip that gives more information.

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.
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