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This was one of the posters that had been commissioned by the United States government, in order to spread the word to its servicemen that interacting with prostitutes in an intimate manner could put one in harm’s way for acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This particular poster entitled, “Venereal Disease is the Greatest Single Cause of Disability in the Army”, was printed in the “Army Medical Bulletin”, No. 67 (May, 1943), by "Colonel (Medical Corps) Joseph F. Siler", in an article entitled, "The Prevention and Control of Venereal Diseases in the Army of the United States of America". The poster also indicates that “Over 5/6 of this burden was brought into the Army”, and “1/6 was contracted after enlistment”. Posters like this one, were a tried and true method for the dissemination of information, not only with regards to STDs, but vaccinations, recommended hygiene practices, and the avoidance of foodborne illnesses, as well.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Colonel, Joseph F. Siler
Creation Date: 1943
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