A lawsuit has been filed by more than hundred individuals against Johns Hopkins University for its role in STD experiments in Guatemala. The lawsuit is for medical malpractice and particularly addresses the role the university played in government medical experiments. This particular incident had taken place in 1940s and 50s.
In these experiments the humans were used as experimental objects. They were being constantly infected with disease. The top diseases that they were infected with included Gonorrhea and Syphilis. The individuals who were infected were not told about these experiments and their consents were not obtained too.
When individuals asked about the experiments, they were told that these were just routine medical checkups. They were told that the treatment was in their best interests.
The main targets used in these experiments included orphans, children and soldiers. Patients from psychiatric hospitals and imprisoned individuals were also on the list of people who were used in the experiments.
There was a research performed on 774 individuals and it was on their behalf in addition to their families that the lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit strives to receive a damage settlement of at least $1 billion.
The complaints state that the officials employed at Johns Hopkins University at that time were the major role players in these experiments. Not only did they act as advisors of the government on conducting these experiments but also assisted the government on allocating its budget to make the most of them for conducting the experiments.
Johns Hopkins and many other perpetrators were the encouragers of these experiments. They were also acting as directors of these experiments and aided them in whatever way was possible.
These experiments were lost in darkness for more than half a century and were only brought to the knowledge of the world in 2010. After the news about these experiments came on the scene the president of the US, Barack Obama, had to present his apology to the president of Guatemala.
Michael P. Ehline. a Los Angeles Attorney from www.ehlinelaw.com, confirmed that a lawsuit was also filed at the time for putting people to a medical experiment without their consents. This lawsuit was filed on behalf of only 7 people who were used in these experiments. These experiments were performed on humans without their consent by US Public Health Service.
The exemption of the US governments for the torts that take place in other countries than the US had made a judge dismiss the challenge. However, the judge at that time had also mentioned that this particular chapter is a troubling one in the history of the country.
He also mentioned that the court could not do anything in this matter. The information about these experiments was out in front of the public in 2010 but then the matter had remained under obscurity for quite some time.
It was one year later that a complete report from Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical issues put more light on the matter and how these experiments were done on humans who didn’t know what was being done to them.