October 1st, 2010
10:34 AM ET

U.S. apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in 1940s

The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study that purposely infected people in Guatemala with sexually transmitted diseases.

A statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the action "reprehensible."

"We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices," the joint statement said. "The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala."

Guatemalan officials are aware of the report but will not comment on it until later Friday, presidential spokesman Ronaldo Robles told CNN.

- CNN's Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

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  1. duke

    Oneday black people will be respected and receive an apology!
    I suggest they(black folks) all become muslim!
    We have the same enemy in common,and it has nothing to do with what country you were born in!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      psst...duke....your stupidity is showing

      October 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sh0rtie

      all turn musilum? wow that is such a stupid comment! It doesn't even have to do with anything! It's people like you who create & spread racism!

      October 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JotaJota

    Funny this kind of important news doesn't make it to the front page or the TV news.. no.. it's all the way in the back, hidden.
    Why CNN? You don't want the American public to doubt the government? this is the kind of thing that raises concern and make people say.."well maybe 9/11 was an inside job..."

    October 1, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    A vote for the tea-party is a vote to return to this way of thinking!
    They are against you the average civilian!

    October 1, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    No maybe 9/11 was an inside job!!!

    October 1, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. duke

    These were the times of real americans!
    And who is pushing for the return of the real american?

    October 1, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |


    October 1, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. sara

    Great, Guatemala gets a sorry, does that come with more contras or more "free trade" (both include missionaries).

    October 1, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Denise

    To little to late.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dooglas

    This is very sad that our own government did things like this with another country. Similar what the Nazis did to the Jews. I think Guatemala should sue the US for this....

    October 1, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    Weakness. You should not apologize for anything at all during this time period. It gets more of your soldiers killed and strengthens those who mean you harm.
    There is one exception to the rule. If the president or any of his administration farts while on an elevator with another country's leader or his/her administration.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. ang

    Hi there mister wiseman,got news for u, thanks to people like u is that war still on and what is that u got so far.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George

    We have always taken the little people here and abroad corperate power is always in. Vietnam, and also don't forget when we invaded Iraq for what reason. Who is watching out for the little people

    October 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ang

    Hi there mister wiseman!!! got news for u! thanks to people like u is that war is still on.
    what is that u got so far???

    October 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. worried

    that is just sad! they get just a sorry and people are supposed to say okay to that! how can people think they are superior to others and get away with so much, just cuz the are a smaller country does not make them less. this should stop people are all the same and should be treated with respect

    October 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JRAD247

    Uhh, yeah, sorry about the herpes ~ really?

    October 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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