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

    I'm only writing the truth cnn what's with not allowing me to post the truth?people google
    MKULTRA(a cia program,dr sidney gottlieb(head of the program),sese seko(contracted by the cia to become president for life in zaire(former congo),and what this country was doing to poor countries with liberation movements,cnn you are foul for censoring the truth!!

    October 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. veronica

    What was the purpose of the study? What were they seeking? Did they made any discoverage that may help to prevent or cure the stds?? You can just harm people for a study!

    October 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JD

    Not surprising, unfortunately. One would hope that civilization has now evolved to the point where at least most major industrialized nations no longer treat the powerless as lab rats. Of course, we have no idea what may be going on currently; abuses of populations in Latin America have carried on into recent decades.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    BS CNN!straight BS. The people should know who Dr donald M. McArthur is!
    The people should know that in 1969 he told a house subcommittee on appropriation that in 5 to 10 years there would be a disease that attacks the immune system,and ten years later the first cases of AIDES were reported.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. duke

    This type of stuff continue to this day!
    In this technologically advanced world why are so many kids being born twisted??
    Who knows what's in these prenatal drugs?
    Stop pledging your allegiance to evil beings!!

    October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. duke

    Why are people acting so surprised??
    Have you people ever heard of the Tuskegee experiment??
    Black people were terrorized right here on american soil by real americans!!

    October 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. whitekong78

    I really don't see what good a 70 year old apology is going to do. When have humans ever been nice to each other? Its commendable that someone wanted to shine the light on this but what is gained? I know back in the day they used to inoculate people from small pox by using the puss from the sores of a small pox victim. Medicine back then wasn't like it is today.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. duke

    These are the times that will return with the help of you idiots,
    This is the agenda of the real american(palin,O'Donnell,miller,armey,cheney).
    If you care about PEOPLE then you will not allow the return of this type of americanism.
    Vote NO to the movement of tea-drinking real americans.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. duke

    Yes texan prove me wrong!!

    October 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    Window dressing for the std's overseas troops pass along to the locals. See, this does refelct Americs's values, or lack thereof.

    October 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hoss

    Duke this country sucks so bad why are you here?

    October 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hoss

    duke i have proved you wrong in the past. on the liberia issue, or did you not research it due to ignorance.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brianc

    I now feel like I have lost brain cells after reading Dukes rants.....

    October 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. duke

    Listen propaganda didn't begin in the bush era!
    You point to an offer that was made to a people who didn't know left from right after being cut off from knowledge and the ability to know what being free was!
    Now if you believe you proved me wrong then jump for joy!
    Now you and texan prove wrong what I wrote above,google works it really,really work!!

    October 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. duke

    It's only a rant to you if you don't understand how google works!
    It might be considered a rant,if it could be proven wrong!
    Just maybe it's a rant if you just can't comprehend history!
    But a rant that cause's you(you) to lose brain cells impossible since you had to have had in order to lose!!

    October 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
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