US Apologizes For Infecting Guatemalans With STDs In 1940s Experiments
The investigation was called the U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Disease Inoculation Study of 1946-1948.
During these vile experiments, the United States purposely infected people in Guatemala with sexually transmitted diseases.
Today the Unites States is issuing an apology for these heinous operations that were done over 60 years ago.
In a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledges the US's misgivings and offered its regrets saying,
“We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices. The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala.”
Guatemalan officials have yet to respond.
This sounds eerily similar to the Tuskegee Experiments conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama. In this experiment, U.S. Public Health Service recruited 399 impoverished African-American sharecroppers with syphilis for research related to the natural progression of the untreated disease.