Tuskegee Syphilis Study

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, officially named the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, was an ethically questionable scientific study done on impoverished (and mostly illiterate) American black males between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

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A distorted version of the story may have given rise to the AIDS conspiracy theory (see SourceWatch) which holds that the AIDS epidemic was created by the US Government in order to wipe out "undesirable" segments of the population (an act which would be comparable to genocide, if true).

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