Details: This poster is of a Depression-era U.S. ad advocating early syphilis treatment. It shows six happy figures in white, and four sad figures in black. It says Syphilis¿ Six out of ten cured because they did not wait too long.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochetal bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. The route of transmission of syphilis is almost always through sexual contact, although there are examples of congenital syphilis via transmission from mother to child in utero. The signs and symptoms of syphilis are numerous; before the advent of serological testing, precise diagnosis was very difficult. Syphilis can generally be treated with antibiotics, including penicillin. If left untreated, syphilis can damage the heart, aorta, brain, eyes, and bones. In some cases these effects can be fatal.
This poster is usually printed with a thin white edge border.