Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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

This poster informs audiences that even though VD rates in the military are down, syphilis and gonorrhea still cost the military many days lost.

"Though the Army's venereal disease rate rose in 1940 and '41, this trend was checked in 1942 and the…

"It's Too High, Soldier! Better Get it Low! After Each Exposure Always Take a Pro!"

This poster advises servicemen to use prophylaxis to help keep VD rates low.

"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.

"Recent studies of 216,000 industrial workers show an average of 2.98% syphilitic"

This poster shows the prevalence of syphilis among different groups of workers.

"Gonorrhea Strikes Same Age Groups But is 3 Times More Prevalent"

This poster compares the prevalence of primary syphilis among different age groups of men and women. The text and the bar graph indicate that young people have the highest rates.

"Learn to protect yourself NOW"

This poster warns that VD is prevalent and viewers should learn how to protect themselves. It features the image of a woman in a red dress.

"In World War I the Army's venereal disease rate was the lowest in its history to that time. The all-time low was reached in 1939, after which the trend was upward. "

This poster explains that venereal disease rates increase during war time. A…

"Reported Cases : 100,000 under 19 Yrs. of Age : 13,000 between 11 and 15"

This poster presents statistics about syphilis among young people.
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