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This comic poster shows servicemen talking about women. One brags he can tell from looking at a woman if she has syphilis. They seek out the medical officer to settle the debate. He explains that only a blood test can confirm if someone has syphilis…

This comic poster emphasizes that servicemen, especially when intoxicated, should use prophylaxis.

The billboard in this photograph emphasizes that men should stay healthy to help contribute to the war effort.

"V.D. (Venereal Diseases) Can Be Cured : Go to Your Doctor or Clinic Today"

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"

This poster warns viewers that a man may transmit venereal disease to his wife and children. It is part of the "Keeping Fit" poster series.

"The man who has contracted gonorrhea or syphilis may bring suffering upon the innocent. When he marries,…

"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 poster warns women about congenital syphilis. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Every child has a right to be well-born : If the father or the mother has syphilis, the child may be born or defective"

This comic strip is one in the "Health Helps" series. It shows a worker, Jerry, who visits a quack for syphilis treatment. His employer advises him to see his family physician. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

This photograph shows physicians and patients in a clinic run by the WPA.

This image is a poster warning audiences about quack treatments. It urges people to see a physician or health officer. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

This photograph shows a trailer clinic in rural Georgia. There is a physician and some African American patients outside the trailer. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in…

This is an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

This graphic highlights the important steps in controlling TB and syphilis. It is from a reprint of Parran's article in Survey Graphic on syphilis, TB, and African Americans.

This is the cover for an article reprint of Parran's piece in Survey Graphic on syphilis, TB, and African Americans. The cover image features black medical professionals. The cotton on the bottom right references the South.

This pictorial statistic shows the rates at which syphilis is detected via Wasserman exams when it is given routinely and only when the illness is suspected. The image is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the…

"Gonorrhea can be cured in a few hours : Syphilis can be treated in a few days : Visit Your Doctor of Clinic : There's a Clinic Near You"

This poster features a newsboy and informs viewers that gonorrhea and syphilis can be treated quickly.

This poster advises servicemen to use prophylaxis.

"Don't Ever Forget When She Has Allure, An Ounce of Prevention, Is Worth A Pound of Cure! So Bear It in Mind--When On One of Your Sprees, It Can Happen to You--Venereal Disease!"

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.

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