Friday, October 01, 2010

America's STD experiments in Guatemala

I was browsing the internet earlier today when I ran across the following headline:
U.S. apologizes for STD experiments in Guatemala

The article provides some details about the experiments that went between 1946 and 1948.
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.
Does this count as biological warfare? Absolutely disgraceful. Who knows what else has been done in the name of "research" over the years. Is it that much of a stretch to believe that experiments have been done on prison population here?

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