Syphilis And The Tuskegee Syphilis

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study of 1932 studied approximately six hundred twenty-five “disadvantaged rural black men” (Pozgar, 2016) that both had syphilis and did not have syphilis. This study, named "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013), was conducted by the Public Health Service from 1932 to 1972, however was only projected to last 6 months (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). The purpose of the study was to show the effects of untreated syphilis. The men involved were led to believe that were receiving treatment for their various conditions but were actually not receiving treatment. The men participating in the study were not informed of the purpose of the study or what treatments they were receiving. The study concluded in 1972 and began many more years of investigation and hearings on behalf of the participants that suffered during the trials. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is characterized by sores known as chancres. These sores are typically found on the external genitals. There are three stages to the disease: Primary, Secondary and Latent/Late. Syphilis can also spread to the neurological systems as well as the ocular system. In the primary stage one or more of the chancres may appear where the infection has entered the body. The sores aren’t painful and may last three to six weeks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). The

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