Venereal Disease

Venereal Disease (VD) was the term commonly used in the past for Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections (STDs or STIs), especially syphilis and gonorrhea.

Some say that the word venereal comes from Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and that is why STDs were also nicknamed Venus’ Curse. This is partially correct; venereal comes from the Latin ‘venereus’ meaning of sexual love which is taken from that same deity’s name.

The term Venereal Disease has taken on a shameful association, which has been somewhat cleaned up by the more sterile term STD. It could be useful to return to this older term which connects sexual health to vener (sexual charm) and the sensual Venus. This way, sex and STDs would not need to be dissociated; people should be aware that STDs don’t care whether there is romantic love involved or if a lover is a nice, clean and healthy person. What diseases do know how to respond to is condoms and safe sex practices.

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