The Wages of Sin: How the Discovery of Penicillin Reshaped Modern Sexuality

  title={The Wages of Sin: How the Discovery of Penicillin Reshaped Modern Sexuality},
  author={Andrew M. Francis},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
It was not until 1943, amid world war, that penicillin was found to be an effective treatment for syphilis. This study investigated the hypothesis that a decrease in the cost of syphilis due to penicillin spurred an increase in risky non-traditional sex. Using nationally comprehensive vital statistics, this study found evidence that the era of modern sexuality originated in the mid to late 1950s. Measures of risky non-traditional sexual behavior began to rise during this period. These trends… Expand
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  • J. Tucker
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Archives of sexual behavior
  • 2013
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