TUSKEGEE SYPHILIS STUDY
study was conducted in the United States and was designed to determine the
natural history of untreated latent syphilis.
In the 1940’s, when penicillin, known to be effective in the treatment of syphilis, became available, the men were neither informed of this, nor treated with the antibiotic.
The study continued until the first accounts of it appeared in the national press in 1972, at which time an ad hoc advisory panel was formed by the government to give advice on how to assure that such experiments would never again be conducted.
The government continues to pay millions of dollars yearly to surviving subjects and the families of deceased subjects.