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Hello,

First I want to appreciate the good work on the post about the issue of Guatemala through a well-formatted opinion and your stand on the ethical concern for all humans. I want to second you that the Guatemala STD experiments were unprincipled and wrong in consideration to the human rights and affairs. The public health investigators and the authorities according to the article agreed to study and test the research on people of Guatemala without their consents (Rogers, 2017).  Therefore, based on this it is entirely unreasonable and unethical to perform a health experiment on people without their knowledge and decision, and the research group was supposed to be victimized for all the harm they caused to the people. According to the human rights, it is not allowed for any group or authority to take advantage of the rights of individuals especially the health issue, and therefore the action was wrong and inhumane (American Public Health Association, 2002). The study or rather the experiment was to test the value of certain drugs on people to confirm their validity which in turn resulted in some significant effects on the people of Guatemala. The extensive abuse comes to the fact that the experiment test negative and the people are left with infections without any remedy and compensation for the act. Therefore, just as you have made a stand that the issue is unethical; I also support the fact and even suggest that the researchers should be held responsible and punished for the inhuman action. Regards for the post and I want to urge you to make several posts on the issue more and more.

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American Public Health Association. 2002. Principles of ethical practice of public health. Retrieved from https://www.apha.org/~/media/files/pdf/membergroups/ethics_brochure.ashx

Rogers, K. (2017). Guatemala syphilis experiment. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/event/Guatemala-syphilis-experiment

Hello,

I want to thank you for the post on the issue of Guatemala experiments that were conducted to prevent the STD infection at that time. I like a matter of time for event that you have brought on the aspect so that we understand why the United States government can fund for such unethical act (Rodriguez & Garcia, 2013). The fact may be valid or not due to the reasoning that it took place before the laws and regulation based on human rights was set. Therefore, I want to agree with you to some extent that it happened due to ignorance and the lack of respect to people especially to the Africans during those periods. On the other hand, I will say that these actions were based on extreme lack of ethics and morals in the society. Moreover, the actions displayed a hatred conduct that was only possible to do such a test on humans.  Therefore, the unethical concerns and immoral behavior could not be justified by the content of time factor but to understand the role of everyone in the society.  Therefore, merging with the last comments and stated that if we fail to input our perspective, values, morals, and faith of what we believe to be right or wrong, we will run the risk of making a wrong decision as the researchers did. Therefore, the important aspect is what we believe and perceive to be ethical and right should guide the decisions we make (Public Health Leadership Society, 2002). Thanks for the post and feel free to post anytime.

References

Rodriguez, M. A., & García, R. (2013). First, Do No Harm: The US Sexually Transmitted Disease Experiments in Guatemala. American Journal of Public Health, 103(12), 2122-2126. doi:10.2105/ajph.2013.301520

Public Health Leadership Society (2002). Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health. Retrieved https://ethics.itt.edu/ecodes/node/4734