Wait....in WWII, they used beastiality to promote condom usage?

Ok, so todays picture is fairly obvious. Todays post is about VD. Specifically, the history of VD.

VD, or, Venereal Diseases, are more commonly referred to as STD's these days. That is, Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Sex is just too damn much fun to be totally risk free, right? I mean, that's what I hear, at least.

Most people, if they think about it.....aw hell. Who am I kidding? Nobody thinks about this crap but me. Anyway, if someone were to think about it, they would probably think VD has been around forever. But it hasn't.

In fact, the first written records that positively describe VD come from 1495 in Italy. This was an outbreak of syphilis. And, back then, syphilis was some nasty-ass shit. It was worse than it is today. Back then, it caused people to break out in pustules all over the body, and cause their flesh to fall off. Then they died.

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Some researchers think it's been around for a lot longer than that, dating back to at least some of the Roman emperors. They feel it was just misdiagnosed as leprosy.

But, research on ancient skeletons from before the 15th century show no signs of syphilis. (1,000 skeletons were tested). The same researchers studied 675 skeletons from the Americas dating from before Columbus, to all the way back for 6,000 years, and they found syphilis.

So, it's fairly certain that syphilis was brought to Europe by Columbus and his sailors.

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The earliest case of syphilis were found to go back about 1,600 years.

It is thought to have mutated from a more common disease, Yaws, which was a world wide disease. (The chance of mutation into syphilis in both the Americas and Europe, independently of each other is considered to be nil.)

So, you're welcome, Europe. You gave us small pox, and we gave you syphilis. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

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All the other STD's have more modern origins. The first cases of Gonorrhea appeared in the mid 1800's, and things like Herpes didn't arrive until the 1960's.

Oh, and if you think you're going to avoid VD by sticking to oral sex, bzzzzt! Wrong answer. A woman giving oral sex to a man can get Throat Gonorrhea and Throat Chlamydia. And, a man receiving oral sex can get Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Herpes. The same goes for you women. Giving and receiving female oral sex is just as disease ridden.

Hell, you can get Cryptosporidiosis by engaging your sweetie in a nice round of anilingus. So, no rim jobs, you two!

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**Authors Note**

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT google anilingus. If you do, you'll see nothing really objectionable until you get to the guy laying on his side with his intestines coming out his ass.