This is a really shocking news from CNN.
The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected 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The study came to light recently when Wellesley College researcher Susan Reverby found the archived but unpublished notes from the project.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 at determining the effectiveness of penicillin in treating or preventing syphilis after subjects were exposed to the disease. Gonorrhea and chancres were also studied. 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.
The good news is the U.S. claims its not involved in such abhorrent research practices anymore:
Today, the regulations that govern U.S.-funded human medical research prohibit these kinds of appalling violations.
One would hope so.
Since using humans as guinea pigs is not something new one would ponder how many researches like this one are there that we don’t know of. We know the Nazis did it but are there any countries nowadays that experimenting with human lives?