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 been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is a co-owner of The Rumpus. Follow him on Twitter. More from this author →