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"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.

"Of all new syphilis Infections, 60% occur In young people between 16 and 30 years of age : 90,000 of the First Two Million Selectees Tested Had Syphilis"

This poster features photos of young people engaging in various activities and warns that…

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

This poster presents statistics about syphilis among young people.

"Prepare youth for national service : Protect youth from VD and vice : Preserve family life : National Social Hygiene Day"

This poster ties social hygiene efforts to those of servicemen. It is also promoting National Social Hygiene Day.

"Support the American Social Hygiene Assciation : Give the United Way"

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This poster uses statistics in order to convey that young people are significantly affected by syphilis.

"Know the risks involved : Syphilis is acquired and transmitted largely by youth : Youth should receive special attention : Consult a…

This is an ASHA order form for posters versions of cartoon titled, "Isn't it fair to warn her?""'Three-fourths of all syphilis infections are acquired by young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years.' : Isn't it fair to warn her? : Syphilis Can…

This is a publicity poster for National Social Hygiene Day 1938. "Stamp Out Syphilis" is being broadcast over a suburban community.

"3 out of 4 syphilis infections are acquired between 15 and 30 years of age."

This infographic breaks down the percentage of new cases of syphilis each year by age. Most who acquire the disease do so between the ages of 15 and 30.

"What the average person should know about a very dangerous and prevalent disease"

This pamphlet includes short entires about syphilis in alphabetical order. It was included in National Social Hygiene Day Program Kits.

These photographs show young people parading around the Kips Bay Yorkville area of New York City to promote their anti-syphilis campaign. They are dressed as pilgrims and driving a horse and buggy to bring attention to outdated and backwards ideas…
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