Story: Sexual health

Get it on to get it off

Get it on to get it off

Publications that aimed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases became far more explicit in the later 20th century. This one, produced by the Women’s National Abortion Action Campaign in the mid-1980s, features a cartoon penis pulling on a condom. It points out that condoms can prevent pregnancy and a number of diseases, including AIDS. The last line – ‘while waiting for action from the Health Department’ – refers to the slow official response to the new disease.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-AIDS-1985-02

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Courtesy of Women's National Abortion Campaign

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Jane Tolerton, 'Sexual health - Sexual health, 1945 to the 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018