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    U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Government researchers infected patients with syphilis, gonorrhea without their consent in the 1940s


    U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago.

    Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study.

    About one third of those who were infected never got adequate treatment.

    On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service.

    "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," according to the joint statement from Clinton and Sebelius. "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

    The apology was directed to Guatemala and to Hispanic residents of the United States, according to officials.

    "The people of Guatemala are our close friends and neighbors in the Americas," the statement says. "As we move forward to better understand this appalling event, we reaffirm the importance of our relationship with Guatemala, and our respect for the Guatemalan people, as well as our commitment to the highest standards of ethics in medical research."

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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Not the only time it's happened either...

    Tuskegee syphilis experiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Tuskegee syphilis experiment (also known as the Tuskegee syphilis study or Public Health Service syphilis study) was a clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, by the U.S. Public Health Service. Investigators recruited 399 impoverished African-American sharecroppers with syphilis for research related to the natural progression of the untreated disease.

    The Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began the study in 1932. Nearly 400 poor black men with syphilis from Macon County, Ala., were enrolled in the study. They were never told they had syphilis, nor were they ever treated for it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the men were told they were being treated for "bad blood," a local term used to describe several illnesses, including syphilis, anemia and fatigue.

    For participating in the study, the men were given free medical exams, free meals and free burial insurance.

    The 40-year study was controversial for reasons related to ethical standards, primarily because researchers failed to treat patients appropriately after the 1940s validation of penicillin as an effective cure for the disease. Revelation of study failures led to major changes in U.S. law and regulation on the protection of participants in clinical studies. Now studies require informed consent (with exceptions possible for U.S. Federal agencies which can be kept secret by Executive Order[2]), communication of diagnosis, and accurate reporting of test results.

    By 1947 penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis. Choices might have included treating all syphilitic subjects and closing the study, or splitting off a control group for testing with penicillin. Instead, the Tuskegee scientists continued the study, withholding penicillin and information about it from the patients. In addition, scientists prevented participants from accessing syphilis treatment programs available to others in the area. The study continued, under numerous supervisors, until 1972, when a leak to the press resulted in its termination. Victims included numerous men who died of syphilis, wives who contracted the disease, and children born with congenital syphilis.

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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."
    I wonder, is all experimentation which effects mass amounts of people always reprehensible even when under the guise of public benefit?
    “I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    I wonder, is all experimentation which effects mass amounts of people always reprehensible even when under the guise of public benefit?
    I certainly don't think that all experimentation that simply effects mass amounts of people is always reprehensible. It's the fact that it was performed without their knowledge or consent that makes it immoral.

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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Government researchers infected patients with syphilis, gonorrhea without their consent in the 1940s


    U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago.

    Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study.

    About one third of those who were infected never got adequate treatment.

    On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service.

    "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," according to the joint statement from Clinton and Sebelius. "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

    The apology was directed to Guatemala and to Hispanic residents of the United States, according to officials.

    "The people of Guatemala are our close friends and neighbors in the Americas," the statement says. "As we move forward to better understand this appalling event, we reaffirm the importance of our relationship with Guatemala, and our respect for the Guatemalan people, as well as our commitment to the highest standards of ethics in medical research."

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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Democrat was the President..

    Just sayin..


    Tim-
    So essentially you have nothing to add to the conversation.

    Cool.

    Dave-

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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    No not really, other than it was VERY BAD of them to conduct the study without consent! Oh, and Truman was the President..


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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post

    Dave-
    Your name is Dave? Not going to lie that is kind of gay.

    Also, doesn't matter who was president or which party was in charge. This is a terrible thing to have done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Your name is Dave? Not going to lie that is kind of gay.
    Well actually its David. But Dave in a british accent sounds less gay. Which is how I usually think of it, cause taht is how they referred to me there. But thanks fart knocker. Appreciate the comment

    Also, doesn't matter who was president or which party was in charge. This is a terrible thing to have done.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Re: U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well actually its David. But Dave in a british accent sounds less gay. Which is how I usually think of it, cause taht is how they referred to me there. But thanks fart knocker. Appreciate the comment
    Ah I see well that is a good excuse. I sort of wish I could shorten my name to something else and still have it be a name. Alas my parents did not want such a fate I guess.

    My thoughts exactly.
    Trying to make cheap political punches is cool though I hear. I suck at it though, so I never do it.

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