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

"Don't Let This Happen to You"

This pamphlet about syphilis was 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…

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 pamphlet about syphilis was 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 film documents a mobile trailer clinic program. Though the program only served African Americans in rural Georgia, it is highlighted as a success in syphilis control that could be applied to any population in any part of the nation.
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This poster advises audiences that "bad blood" is another name for syphilis, how the disease is spread, and that six months to a year of treatment is required.
"Your blood is bad means you have syphilis : You can give it to others through sexual…
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