Weird History 24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters  

Melissa Sartore
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Venereal disease during World War II was an enemy the US military used propaganda to battle. Posters (and videos) warned of things like the enemy in your pants, potential disease-spreading women, and the lurking presence of sexually transmitted diseases around every corner – all meant to slap servicemen in the face with the message "PROTECT YOURSELF!" And they delivered this message with some fun vintage STD slang to boot. 

Vintage STD posters paid particular attention to syphilis and gonorrhea, two diseases that were problematic during both World War I and World War II. During World War I, VD cost the Allies as many as 18,000 troops per day. With treatment for gonorrhea lasting 30 days and syphilis taking six months, this severely affected the number of servicemen on hand. As a result, 1930s and 1940s propaganda urged prevention as well as treatment, playing on men's senses of duty, masculinity, patriotism, and intelligence in the process.

Women were villainized, and men were shamed, but, overall, disease rates decreased exponentially during World War II. So, give the Allies another victory along with that shot of penicillin.

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Protect The Little Pants Inhabitant You Take Everywhere


Protect The Little Pants Inhab... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  Amazing Life - Fascinating Things/YouTube
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You Don't Need Her!


You Don't Need Her! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  US Navy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

ca. 1942

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The Enemy Is Disease, Disease Is The Enemy


The Enemy Is Disease, Disease ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  Arthur Szyk (1894-1951)/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

1942

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You Never Know What You're Going To Get


You Never Know What You're Goi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  US Army/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

1940