The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

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Past ethical misconduct by public health officials has greatly affected the population’s trust in them. Studies such as, the Tuskegee Syphilis study, and the Guatemala Syphilis experiment, which were ethically wrong have caused a loss of trust in public health. In these studies known treatments were withheld, tests were conducted without full consent, and patients were not given the whole facts about the study. This relates to the HIV/AIDs pandemic because many people have lost trust in public health and are weary of their intentions. A loss of trust can cause individuals to delay treatment or completely forego treatment because they do not believe that public health has the patients’ best interest in mind, which can causes disease to spread

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