Syphilis has always been somebody else's fault.
When Diego Rivera painted the conqueror of Mexico, Hernan Cortez, he portrayed him as a deformed syphilitic monster, the origin of the disease both in the New World and Europa. He conveniently leaves out that if Cortez had syphilis he got it from somebody else.
The English called it the French disease. The French called it the Spanish disease. The Russians called it the Polish disease.
Personally, I call it the blue dog Democrat disease.