Saturday, October 2, 2010

U.S. Researchers Infect Guatemalans With STDs

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Many of you have heard of the Tuskegee  Experiment and how hundreds of black men were never informed of their diagnosis of Syphilis in order to study the disease. Well, that is not the only occurrence of scientists placing people in harms way in order to research the long term effects of STDs.

Yesterday Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton & Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius found themselves issuing a formal apology to Guatemala, Guatemalan American citizens, and all who were effected by a more recently exposed example of this problem. In the 1940s American scientists & researchers with the permission of the Guatemalan government INFECTED mentally ill Guatemalan patients with STDs in an effort to study the various STDs. Susan Reverby, author and key expert on the Tuskegee experiment was first to bring this particular example to the forefront. She found out about the Guatemalan experiments really by accident while doing more research on the Tuskegee experiments.

If this doesnt frighten you, I dont know what will. I hope that things of this nature are no longer going on... but really will we know until  YEARS later if they were? WoW.. The joint statement of Clinton & Sebelius can be found below.

"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."

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