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U.S. to apologize for STD experiments in Guatemala

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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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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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"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?
 

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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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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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Democrat was the President.. :)

Just sayin..


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


Tim-
 

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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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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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The apology should come attached to financial aid for the victims.
 

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Yea, that sucked. The next time the government decides to do STD experiments on people, pick the banksters to do it on. I am sure that there will be very few complaints. :mrgreen:
 

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Yea, that sucked. The next time the government decides to do STD experiments on people, pick the banksters to do it on. I am sure that there will be very few complaints. :mrgreen:
I'm sure the people of wallstreet already have their fair share.
 

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What I want to know is what earthly good does it do to give our enemies and potential enemies and our blame America first domestic enemies from within like Obama and Hillary more fodder the use around the World against us, and it fixes not one damn thing.

When this kind of thing comes to light it should be quietly investigated to insure that it has stopped and unless there is a positive reason it should remain in the files unless those responsible can be brought to justice.

Otherwise it's more worthless Left-wing garbage.
 

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It's the right thing to do.
That's a total load of crapola. It does no good what so ever, and helps no one who may or may not have suffered as a result.

I do not for one second condone what was done and yes it is said that confession cleanses the soul. However that is an individual and very personal thing between you and the Lord not for . Not for nations.

Between 1985 and 1992, the United States provided Guatemala about $936 million total aid.

That should cover any past damages and a half.

This BS invites trouble.
 

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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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The needs of the many outwiegh the needs of the few. That's how Socialism works. Someone with Vladimir Illyich's picture on his avatar should already know that.
 

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Yea, that sucked. The next time the government decides to do STD experiments on people, pick the banksters to do it on. I am sure that there will be very few complaints. :mrgreen:
How 'bout a few Congress critters, instead?
 

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What I want to know is what earthly good does it do to give our enemies and potential enemies and our blame America first domestic enemies from within like Obama and Hillary more fodder the use around the World against us, and it fixes not one damn thing.

When this kind of thing comes to light it should be quietly investigated to insure that it has stopped and unless there is a positive reason it should remain in the files unless those responsible can be brought to justice.

Otherwise it's more worthless Left-wing garbage.
So you trust the government to self regulate on these issues? What makes you think they would stop doing it if no one were to call them on it?
 

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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.
Certainly it matter who was in charge, otherwise the entire American people will be held responsible, which be complately unfair.

The Truman Administration was in charge and what they did was evil. He was also a Democrat, but we should not necessarily hold that fact against the Democrat Party of today.
 

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Certainly it matter who was in charge, otherwise the entire American people will be held responsible, which be complately unfair.

The Truman Administration was in charge and what they did was evil. He was also a Democrat, but we should not necessarily hold that fact against the Democrat Party of today.
Trueish, but when you say something like this.

Democrat was the President.. :)

Just sayin..


Tim-
You are blaming a party and not an Administration.
 

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This is wrong, and I'm ashamed that the government would do this.
 

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Trueish, but when you say something like this.

You are blaming a party and not an Administration.
It was a Democratic Administration as well as a Democratic President. That is the truth. It was not the American people who should be held responsible.

What's wrong with pointing that out?

It was also the present day Democrats who apologized. Is there anything wrong with that also?
 
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