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GUATEMALA: US Syphilis Experiments Exposed 2,082


Associated Press (12.07.11) - Monday, December 12, 2011

A US experiment in which Guatemalans were intentionally infected with STDs involved more victims than previously thought, the Central American nation's government is reporting. Whereas previous studies have said about 1,300 people - including soldiers, sex workers, prisoners, and mental patients - were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhea or chancroid, the new report says a total of 2,082 Guatemalans were subjected to the experiments from 1946 to 1948. On Dec. 7, President Alvaro Colom said he is looking at ways the US government can compensate the six survivors who have been identified.


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