Venereal disease

  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/15/3
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 O 4
  • Dates of Creation
      [1897]-1929
  • Physical Description
      10 items

Scope and Content

Sexually transmitted diseases were handled by the Manchester Lock Hospital, although other voluntary and Poor Law hospitals. Venereal disease became a topical public health issue during the First World War, and in 196 the Public Health (venereal Diseases) Regulations were issued. The regulations required local authorities to provide schemes of treatment, with most of the costs being met by central government. They allowed for free treatment at general hospitals and for prescription of appropriate treatments by GPs, and extended facilities were provided for public health laboratories for diagnosis. The Venereal Diseases Act of 1917 further forbade treatment of VD by unqualified persons. In1917 attempts were made to establish VD clinics at MRI, Ancoats, the Hospital for Skin Diseases and the Lock hospital. After the war centres were opened in Manchester city centre for the treatment of the infected, but these were discontinued in 1922.

See MMC/8/19 for annual reports of the Manchester Branch of the National Council for Combating Venereal Diseases.