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U.S. Government deliberately infected people with STDs.

I’m sure you’ve heard rumors of things like this happening, but here is your proof. It never fails to surprise me that news like this is swept under the rug, yet our media shares what panties Kim Kardashian wore for her wedding. Or honeymoon. Or night out on the town. Or whenever she can get a camera to care.

From 1946 to 1948 the government infected a bunch of people with syphilis and gonorrhea, on purpose, for research purposes. The goal was to figure out what happens if you don’t get treatment. The test subjects were unaware that they were being inoculated with STDs and many even died.

Where is the consideration for humanity? Oh yea…I guess it wasn’t in style back then. SMH. Should I mention that it wasn’t the first or last time it had happened?

In the 1932 until 1972, there were the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments. Black men in Tuskegee, Alabama were promised free medical care, meals, and burial insurance. In actuality, the government was using them as lab-rats to study the effects of untreated syphilis, despite penicillin being the treatment for it since the 40s. The study continued secretly until 1972 under the guise of Public Health Services, when details were leaked to the press. Just imagine if the press had never found out? Some men died, women contracted it from their partners involved in the study, and children were born with it.

I also want to mention the forced unnecessary sterilization of women of color (yes, including latinas and native americans…anyone not white really) and mentally challenged women, nationwide, from 1900 to 1970s. Many were bribed to submit with educational courses, money, or job training. Others were threatened of losing their public assistance. Most were duped into signing paperwork they did not understand. Some were just sterilized without their knowledge. More than 100,000 women are thought to be victims of this “study”. Approximately 3,000 are still alive. Some of the states have publicly apologized for it (did you hear of an apology because I didn’t) and North Carolina is considering offering reparations for the victims and their immediate family members.

It’s very sad. It’s all very sad.

That’s why I thought I’d liven this post up by talking about Kim Kardashian’s panties. Kim Kardashian in a blog post about syphilis…hey, why not. It’s probably not that far fetched. I saw the sex tape with the singer Brandy’s little brother. And I do not remember seeing any condoms.

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2 thoughts on “U.S. Government deliberately infected people with STDs.

  1. Wow! Even a microbiology teacher hadn’t heard of it? That goes to show you how much they’ve swept it under the rug. I am glad that we both are enlightened to it, now. Perhaps you will mention it to your future classes. Students truly do have our future in their hands, and they can make sure that mistakes like this never happen again. It’s a shame that it has happened several times in history. I wonder are there any other cases that have been hidden from the public. I am sure there are. I did not include this point in the blog, but according to some of the research I did, this was connected to eugenics (I couldnt get a full grasp on the idea of eugenics because it was so mind boggling). And that Nazi war criminals, when on trial for their war crimes, used the idea of eugenics as their defense. They said that their inhumane studies was inspired by American studies of eugenics.

    Posted by NeiaNeia | September 12, 2011, 11:04 pm
  2. Your posting showed up as a pingback (“Related articles”) from mine from a few days ago. Like you, I had never heard of the Guatemalan study, and I teach Microbiology for a living. The Tuskegee Study gets mention in my class as a reprehensible event in US public health. This revelation makes that sad time pale in comparison, and it’s astounding that it stayed buried in the University of Pittsburgh archives for over 50 years.

    Posted by ycpmicro | September 12, 2011, 3:38 pm

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