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Silver key ring tag from Sheffield Royal Hospital Venereology Clinic, England, 1945-1955

This key ring tag has the words “V D Dept” punched on to the surface. VD stands for ‘venereal disease’. Venereal disease is now known as sexually transmitted infection (STI).

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Glossary: keyring

Use for ring, usually metal, in circular or other form, designed to hold keys, often with a decorative key fob attached.

Glossary: sexually transmitted infection

Any disease transmitted by sexual intercourse. STIs include HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhoea, some chlamydia infections and genital herpes.

Glossary: venereal disease

Historical term for diseases transmitted by sexual intercourse, most notably syphilis and gonorrhoea. Now referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs)