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July 9, 1918 – US Chamberlain-Kahn Act

“Uncontrolled venereal disease could decimate an army as surely as casualties in battle…. Under the Chamberlain-Kahn Act, the government could quarantine for the ‘protection of the military and naval forces of the United States’ any woman suspected of having venereal disease. The discovery of venereal infection upon examination could constitute proof of prostitution. In effect, during the war any American woman could legally be detained and medically examined if, in the opinion of officials of the CTCA or the Interdepartmental Social Hygiene Board, her life-style or observed or rumored sexual behavior indicated that she might be infected.”