U.S. Government Sued for Giving Syphillis to Over 700 Guatemalan Mental Patients

Seven Guatemalans filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). The complaint alleges PHS ran venereal disease experiments on unaware mental patients to test whether penicillin could also be used as a prophylaxis immediately following exposure to the syphilis bacteria.

Comparisons are being drawn to the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male”. After the discovery by a professor at Wellesley College, President Obama has issued an apology to Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom for the testing.

Sources: http://www.wellesley.edu/WomenSt/Reverby%20Normal%20Exposure.pdf