When syphilis became more common and widespread, almost every country named the disease after their enemy country. For example, the French called it the Neapolitan disease, the English and Italians called it the French disease, Russians called it the Polish disease, Tahitians called it the British disease, and the Japanese called it the Chinese pox.
The powdered wigs became so popular in britain to hide hair loss due to Syphilis and eventually became a trend.
Syphilis bacteria cannot survive high temperature. Hence to treat Syphilis, people were injected with malarial virus so that they got high temperature. It was successful at beating Syphilis unless the person died of malaria itself. It was a wise risk because Syphilis would 100% lead to death and malaria would lead to death only in about 50% cases.
Listerine was considered as a cure for gonorrhea in the late 1800s. However, it was never proven scientifically. What listerin did was to reduce the bacterial growth for the time being and give negative results for gonorrhea.
During the World War I, French prostitutes who had syphilis charged higher rates than healthy prostitutes because soldiers with syphilis were not allowed to be in the frontline.
Syphilis was intentionally transmit to the people of Guatemala post World War II by the USA administration of that time.
It is widely believed that it was Christopher Columbus and his crew that brought Syphilis to Europe from the USA.
Sweden was among the first countries to deliver condoms to people in condom ambulances to prevent Chlamydia among people.
Child rape was widely prevalent in Africa because people believed that having sex with a virgin can cure their STDs such as AIDs and gonorrhea.
AIDS was called as the “gay cancer” and later Gay Related Immune Deficiency. It was in 1982 the disease finally became identified in gays and straight alike and came to be known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.