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Penicillin was the reason for the swinging ’60s

January 31, 2013

‘However the evidence strongly indicates that the widespread use of penicillin, leading to a rapid decline in syphilis during the 1950s, is what launched the modern sexual era.’

Syphilis reached its peak in the United States in 1939, when it killed 20,000 people. ‘It was the AIDS of the late 1930s and early 1940s,’ Dr Francis said. ‘Fear of catching syphilis and dying of it loomed large.’

He added that as penicillin drove down the cost of having risky sex, the population started having more of it