blood disease
   obsolete
   syphilis
   The condition was doubly taboo as being incurable and contracted in a shameful manner. Less often as blood poison:
    Syphilis became transformed into bloodpoison, specific blood poison and secret disease. (Mencken, 1940)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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