November 1, 2013
The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was an 40 year clinical study conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service to analyze the natural progression of untreated syphilis in African American men. The purpose of the study was to record the natural history of syphilis in African Americans. Beginning in 1932, researchers enrolled 399 males who had previously contracted syphilis before the study began and 201 who didn't carry the disease. The study took place in Macon County, Alabama. An city called Tuskegee which was also known for its rich soil where impoverished colored sharecroppers reside and maintain the economic growth of the region. The men were informed they were being treated for "bad blood." A local term for various illnesses that include anemia, fatigue and syphilis. These studies took place at Tuskegee University only due to hopes of finding treatment programs for African American. For participating, Men were sponsored free medical care, meals, and burial insurance but still never enlighten if they were tested positive of the disease nor were never told about or offered the procedure called " informed consent." Researchers also had not informed the men of the actual name of the study was called "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male," Its objective, and potential consequences they would receive during the study.
The discovery of penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis in 1947. Decisions were made available to the researchers specifying to treat all syphilitic subjects concluding the study, or to terminate the control group with penicillin cure. Instead doctors resume the practice and medication was withheld for both the experimental group and control group while scientists also prevented participants from accessing syphilis treatment programs available to others in the area. As studies continued, In