Tuskegee Study On Syphilis And Syphilis

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TUSKEGEE STUDY OF SYPHILIS Syphilis is a bacterial infection commonly spread by sexual contact which starts as a painless sore which then leads to a body rash and lastly, it can end up affecting the internal organs. This infection can affect all ages both male and female. The infection can only be treated by certain medications or vising a specialist. The Tuskegee study took place between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service in Alabama. The study used experimental research to conduct the experiment which consisted of 600 black men, 399 with the syphilis infection and 201 without (Center for Disease Control Prevention, 2017). The purpose of the experiment was for the researches to record the natural history of syphilis in…show more content…
As mentioned by the CFA institute, the Code of Ethics states that you must “act with integrity, competence, and respect” (CFA Institute, 2017). An example of the study not abiding by this would be how the researches didn’t correctly inform the participants what they were being tested for and secondly how they weren’t receiving the penicillin which was the right treatment for the infection (The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, 1998). I wouldn’t identify any of the standards ethical when relating them to this study. However, “following informed-consent rules” is something that was unethical about this study. According to the APA, the purpose of this rule is to inform the participants of the research and the procedures that are taking place (American Physiological Association, 2003). Therefore, this study was unethical when looking at this rule because the researchers never provided the men with the correct information of what the study was going to consist of. In my opinion I feel like a study like this shouldn’t be allowed to be done because it wasn’t doing anything but harming the participants. Even if they didn’t have syphilis the researches were harming them. Studies are supposed to be beneficial and are supposed to find results for the experiment being done, but after reading about The Tuskegee Study it just seems like the only
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