Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Denounce U.S. to employ Guatemalans in experiments on syphilis

Washington. .- Hundreds of Guatemalans subject to experiments with syphilis by the United States in Guatemala in the decade of 40 of the last century today filed a lawsuit in Washington against the government seeking compensation, said one of the law firms that represent . The lawsuit, on behalf of some 700 prisoners, soldiers, mental patients and orphans, seeking monetary compensation for health problems they developed as a result of these experiments, detailed phone law firm Parker Waichman and Alonso.

The legal representatives had been given until last Friday for the U.S. government establish a process of compensation out of court for people "who were adversely affected by this experiment." Receiving no response, today introduced the demand. The other firm involved in the class action is Conrad and Scherer.

The legal action comes after that in October 2010, disseminate information about syphilis experiments conducted without the permission or knowledge of those affected. At the time, both Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as the Health, Kathleen Sebelius, criticized such experiments and reported a public apology.

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, also apologized to his Guatemalan counterpart telephone, Alvaro Colom, and ordered the creation of a special commission to study the ethical aspects of international medical research. Between 1946 and 1948, U.S. scientists deliberately inoculated with the virus of syphilis to the subjects of experiments to test the efficacy of penicillin against this disease.

According to court documents, the team of U.S. doctors persuaded officials in orphanages, prisons in Guatemala that would allow the experiments in exchange for equipment such as refrigerators and drugs for the treatment of malaria and epilepsy. In some cases, doctors offered cigarettes to some of the subjects who agreed to participate in experiments and the prisoners were infected by prostitutes.

The demand compares experiments in Guatemala with a study in Tuskegee (Alabama), which began in 1932 and lasted 40 years, where physicians observed the progress of syphilis in African Americans and about 400 men affected by this disease. These men were never informed that they had contracted venereal disease and were never treated, but they were subjected to free medical testing, received food and cover funeral expenses.

The lawsuit by the Tuskegee experiments, the victims were compensated.

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