More about State Sponsored, Gender Based Violence in the US and Africa

11 Apr

Don't Get Stuck With HIV

Victims of the Guatemala Syphilis Experiment (1945-1956) failed in their attempt to sue the US Government for actions that a presidential bioethics investigation admitted “involved unconscionable basic violations of ethics” in 2010; the judge declared that “the US government cannot be held liable for actions outside the US”.

So the victims have now launched a lawsuit against the Johns Hopkins University over its involvement, something the university has ‘vigorously denied’. The university has expressed ‘profound sympathy’, which I’m sure the victims and their families will appreciate.

These vigorous denials were echoed by the Rockefeller Foundation, who also claim to have had nothing to do with the experiments. Big Pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb declined to comment.

This infamous episode in the history of American public health experimentation overlapped with the much longer and more extensive Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1932-1972). Although this occurred within the US, the victims were African-Americans…

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