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Legislative Acts Against Venereal Disease
A short time ago, Prof. Dr. Finger, president of the superior health council (oberster sanitätsrat), discussed the legislative endeavors that have been made to combat the spread of venereal diseases. He emphasized that the conception that venereal diseases are transmitted only by prostitutes has been constantly losing ground. The conscription and reglementation of such women have proved to be insufficient. In almost all countries there are laws that impose penalties on a person who knowingly exposes others to infection with venereal disease, but they are useless for the active protection of society. He gave it as a fact that 67 per cent of males between 14 and 27 years of age are infected with venereal disease. Of men over 30 years old, more than 14 per cent are under treatment for these infections. Recent laws, particularly in Germany, aim to make possible the discovery of
VIENNA. JAMA. 1928;91(14):1050–1051. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700140052022