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Secretary Clinton called Guatemalan president Alvara Cabellaros Thursday night to reaffirm the importance of the U.S. relationship with the Latin American country. President Barack Obama also planned to call Cabellaros, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at a briefing.
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Share Print Font: +-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."
Secretary Clinton called Guatemalan president Alvara Cabellaros Thursday night to reaffirm the importance of the U.S. relationship with the Latin American country.
"The people of Guatemala are our close friends and neighbors in the Americas," the government 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."
.During a conference call Friday with National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela, officials noted that there were no formalized regulations regarding protection of human studies during the 1940s.
In addition to the apology, the U.S. is setting up commissions to ensure that human medical research conducted around the globe meets "rigorous ethical standards." U.S. officials are also launching investigations to uncover exactly what happened during the experiments.
The episode raises inevitable comparisons to the infamous Tuskegee experiment, the Alabama study where hundreds of African-American men were told they were being treated for syphilis, but in fact were denied treatment. That U.S. government study lasted from 1932 until press reports revealed it in 1972.
The Guatemala experiments, which were conducted between 1946 and 1948, never provided any useful information and the records were hidden.
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..They were discovered by Susan Reverby, a professor of women's studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and were posted on her website.
According to Reverby’s report, the Guatemalan project was co-sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service, the NIH, the Pan-American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the Pan American Health Organization) and the Guatemalan government. The experiments involved 696 subjects — male prisoners and female patients in the National Mental Health Hospital.
The researchers were trying to determine whether the antibiotic penicillin could prevent syphilis infection, not just cure it, Reverby writes. After the subjects were infected with the syphilis bacteria — through visits with prostitutes who had the disease and direct inoculations — it is unclear whether they were later cured or given proper treatment, Reverby notes.
The STD experiments were conducted with the cooperation of the Guatemalan government. During that time, the U.S. -- which had a long association with the Guatemalan military -- exerted a powerful influence in the Latin American country, largely in order to protect the interests of the American-based United Fruit Company. In 1954 the U.S. CIA helped overthrow Guatemala’s democratically elected president because of land reforms that opposed the multinational corporation.
Reverby, who has written extensively about the Tuskegee experiments, found the evidence while conducting further research on the Alabama syphilis study.
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ad info>> breaking news, nbc exclusive, frankly a stunning disclosure from the federal government about medical experiments . the u.s. conducted on unknowing patients back in the 1940s . today officials at the very highest levels of government will apologize. robert bazzell is nbc's chief science correspondent. good morning.
>> good morning. the officials that will do the apologizing including secretary of state liquiditien and sebelius. from 1946 to 1948 , officials with the u.s. public health service injected gonorrhea and syphilis as part every an experiment in people in guatemala without their permission or consent. these people included people in mental institutions, included prostitutes set loose in prison in an attempt to see how the organisms would spread, all part of an effort to learn more about venereal disease . the records were hidden for many years unless a historic at wesleyan found out about them. we'll hear more about t. but a lot of apologizing all the way around.
>> so bob, this professor found out about it, and presumably brought it to the attention of the u.s. government ?
>> she brought it to the attention of the u.s. government . she was studying, and has written extensively about the tuesday ka heee expert on syphilis on african-american men. this raises comparisons with that horrible incident where from 1932 until press reports revealed it was going on in 1972 , u.s. government doctors were telling these african-american men that they were treating them for syphilis when in fact they were withholding treatment. this is a very similar event, though it occurred in guatemala . there will be a lot of apologizing to the nation of guatemala and his spain residents of the united states .
>> good the guatemalan government have any suspicion about this?
>> i think at that time they were fully cooperative, chuck. don't forget there was a lot of politics between guatemala and the united states in that time. 1954 , the cia engineered a coup in guatemala .
>> they were hiding this as well?
>> they were hiding this as well. a lot of doctors and nurses were involved in this, but it was under the authority of doctors from the u.s. public health service who was in guatemala . the samples, for instance, of the syphilis organism were taken from a lab in staten island and flown from guatemala to be injected in people without their consent. robert bazzell with the breaks news. secretary sebelius will do a public apology today for experiments that happened back in the '40s. the u.s. government intentionally injecting guatemalans.
>> with cooperation from the guatemalan government. you also heard that secretary of state clinton will you issuing an apology.
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