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So, did you know "The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study that purposely infected people in Guatemala with sexually transmitted diseases."

The study came to light recently when Wellesley College researcher Susan Reverby found the archived but unpublished notes from the project.
The scientific investigation, called the U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Disease Inoculation Study of 1946-1948, aimed to gauge the effectiveness of penicillin to treat syphilis, gonorrhea and chancres. Penicillin was a relatively new drug at the time.
The tests were carried out on female commercial sex workers, prisoners in the national penitentiary, patients in the national mental hospital and soldiers. According to the study, more than 1,600 people were infected: 696 with syphilis, 772 with gonorrhea and 142 with chancres.
A similar study was conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, on nearly 400 poor African-American men with syphilis whose disease was allowed to progress without treatment. The subjects were not told they were ill with the disease.


Asked by BradenIsMySon at 2:35 PM on Oct. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Ah yes, nothing like being outed 60 years after the fact to issue a "sincere" apology, right? Seriously, I just don't understand how people can do a thing like that, and sleep peacefully at night. No different from the Nazis doing medical experiments in the concentration camps, really...

    Answer by Anouck at 2:37 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • Which leads me to ask what else have they infected us with, that they haven't and never will admit to...

    Answer by agentwanda at 3:01 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • Wow.. Harry Truman's Administration did this, huh??? Bizzarre...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:45 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • A little to late don't you think.....

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 2:55 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • wow.

    sadly i'm not surprised.


    Answer by figaro8895 at 3:54 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • how exactly do u say an adequate im sorry 4 that? u cant theyres no way..

    Answer by Kittty_Katt at 4:31 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • yes---and during the 1950's, the CIA experimented with many people,drugging,LSD, mind control to see if they could control people.....pretty digusting. These things were secret---none of the Presidents knew about any of these things. Not Truman, not was disgusting.

    Answer by gertie41 at 7:19 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • This is absolutely disgusting.

    Answer by MTM at 3:11 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • Definetly deserves an apology...

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:07 PM on Oct. 1, 2010

  • Not surprised...our government loves to sing and dance about how much better our country is, and that we don't act like the "bad" countries. Please....we're one of the worst ones! "Justifiable" evil is still evil. If we dug deep enough, we'd probably find stuff that makes this atrocity look like a tea party.

    They deserve more than a paltry apology.

    Answer by art.diva at 5:47 PM on Oct. 1, 2010