Historic STD Posters

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“Over the past 100 years, thousands of posters and advertisements have been created to warn or educate the public about STDs. Looking though today’s eyes, many older ones seem scandalous and politically inappropriate. Others are preachy, naive, sexy, scary, and everything in between.”

Oh happy day, The San Francisco City Clinic has posted a ton of historic STD posters in support of its “100 Years of Sex” initiative.

Here are some of our favorites (or, you know, ones that make us cringe the most):

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Check out the entire collection here.

(via @TracyClarkFlory, who says this poster is her favorite, but admits this one “is pretty great too.”)


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →