Prostitution In The 19th Century

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Due to the overwhelming popularity of prostitution in the 19th century, came the plague of sexually transmitted diseases.Venereal diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhoea were a pestilence (a deadly or virulent epidemic disease) in Victorian Britain. Not only the female prostitutes and males who purchased their services contained these diseases, it also spread to the wives and childern of those who were infected. This means that a lot of childern born in this period could be infected with all kinds of sexually transmitted diseases. In these days newborn infected babies mostly died. The Great Pestilence was viewed by many as a result of the moral and societal decay in England. (Lydia “Sunnie” Jang) Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection…show more content…
It was an immediate success and the drug was sold all over the world. After this discovery other researchers were encouraged to search for drugs to treat and cure bacterial diseases resulting in the development of penicillin Before the treatment of Ehrlich and the discovery of antibiotics in the mid-twentieth century, other resources were used resulting in treatments often worse than the disease. (Wikipedia) (People and discoveries) Nowadays there are no home remedies that will cure syphilis, but syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages. A single injection of Benzathine penicillin G, will cure a person who has primary, secondary or early latent syphilis. The treatment will kill the syphilis bacterium and prevent further damage, the penicillin will not repair the damage already done. (CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) According to this statement of the CDC, syphilis isn’t a life-threatening disease because it can be cured fairly easy. Compared to the Victorian age the treatment has become a lot easier. In general the developing of medicines and treatments made a big progress the past fifty years. Maybe one day, we will live in a world where every disease has its remedy. Then we would live in an ideal world. Unfortunately I think this will not happen as new diseases

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