While the details of a modern program for combating syphilis and gonorrhea will differ from city to city in accordance with the size and character of the population of each, the principles involved in the program of each should be identical, since these principles are based on accepted scientific facts. Let us briefly examine these facts and the principles based on them:
It is possible to prevent infection with syphilis or gonorrhea by the avoidance of exposure to infection. Exposure being usually the result of voluntary action, it is believed that education which influences conduct has a place in the program.
It is possible by mechanical and chemical means to prevent syphilis and gonorrhea in spite of sexual intercourse with an infectious person. Therefore mechanical and chemical prophylaxis have a place in the program.
It is possible to break the chain of infection by rendering infectious individuals
CLARKE CW. A TYPICAL CITY PROGRAM FOR COMBATING SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA. JAMA. 1937;108(10):795–797. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780100025009
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