sf.city.clinic.jpgThe San Francisco City Clinic is celebrating 100 years of serving the community. Throughout the years, the clinic has provided top-notch service in the treatment of STDs. The Clinic was initially created in 1911 to control the syphilis epidemic that plagued the city. (You can read their entire history here — it’s quite fascinating!)

According to a Chron article from April, the diseases the Clinic deals with remain the same as they were in 1911: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

What has changed in the last 100 years is the propaganda against STDs. Looking back on the clinic’s collection of “VD Posters” of the past, you’ll see posters ranging from pleasantly innocuous to downright offensive.

On the Clinic’s website, you can comment on and vote for whichever advertisement/poster tickles your fancy. The top ten choices will be announced later this year.

To pore over, laugh or wince at, and vote on the posters, visit 100yearsofsex.org/posters.

“Booby Trap” Poster: SF City Clinic’s VD Poster collection

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