Tuesday, August 30, 2011

83 died in Guatemala 1940s US experiments: panel

View of Guatemala City during a storm in 2010© AFP/File Johan Ordonez

WASHINGTON (AFP) - At least 83 persons died in US medical experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s involving sexually
transmitted diseases, a commission investigating the program concluded Tuesday.

Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing, and more than 1,300 were exposed to venereal diseases by contact or inoculations, the commission found.

Within that group, "we believe that there were 83 deaths," said commission member Stephen Hauser.

Among the 1,300 exposed to STDs, "under 700 received some form of treatment as best as could be documented," Hauser added.

US President Barack Obama created the commission last year, after news of the experiments came to light...[Full Article]