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Tuskegee Experiments Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on March 25, 2014
  • Category: History
  • Length: 423 words

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Were the experiments on African women to prevent infection with HIV of their babies like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study?” 



The experiments on the African women to prevent infection with HIV to their babies were exactly like the Tuskegee Syphilis study.   The Government took advantage of these women because they are illiterate and not well educated enough to know what was going on. Even though they received “consent” from the women it still doesn’t make it right. According to the text these type of test were not allowed on the women of the United States but it was perfectly fine to perform them on African women.   The victims of this experiment were black, poor, illiterate and victims of sexually transmitted diseases.   Similar to the victims of the experiment in the Tuskegee study.   The only real difference in the experiment was the location of where it was taking place.   The fact that the targets for these experiments were poor uneducated African Americans is what leaves a sour taste in my mouth. These people were purposely injected with diseases that they never had. Even though by conducting these experiments they were able to find cures for these diseases, the way in which they were conducted in unethical.   These two cases remind me of the Guatemalan experiments known as the Guatemala Project. The Guatemala Project was conducted by a U.S. Public Health Service researcher named   John Cutler. Cutler purposely injected and infected hundreds of Guatemalan soldiers, prisoners, and mental health patients with sexually transmitted diseases.   Funny thing is that John Cutler was also involved in the Tuskegee experiments.   The reason for the Guatemala Project is because so many soldiers were returning from World War II infected with sexually transmitted diseases and Cutler wanted to find out if penicillin worked better than applying prophylactics.   These three incidents two of which were conducted by the same person are horrible and unethical incidents in the history of...

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