Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
In 1932 a secret study was created to research the effects syphilis had on black males. Taking place in Macon County Alabama, the study asked for men who had “bad blood” a broad term used for a number of diseases. The study, conducted by the CDC, followed 600 participants, 399 of which had syphilis. Initially supposed to last 6 months the study went on for over 40 years, these men were never told the full reason of the study, nor were they treated when STI treatments such as penicillin became commonplace. It was not until 1972 that the study became publicly known and by 1973 it was shut down. Reparations were paid to surviving members and family members.