Essay on South Africa's AIDS Epidemic

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Because of the numerous unethical human experiments performed following the development of the germ theory, distrust in the medical establishment has become shockingly high ("America's Shocking Secret: Pictures that Show How U.S. Experimented on Its Own Disabled Citizens and Prison Inmates"). This distrust is the root cause of 300,000 South Africans dying in the early 2000s due to a phenomenon known as AIDS denial ("The Subterranean War on Science"). In the March 2002 publication entitled Castro Hlongwane, Caravans, Cats, Geese, Foot & Mouth and Statistics, the authors cite numerous sources to help explain why they are suspicious of the field of biomedicine, especially of the details regarding the sudden 'AIDS epidemic.' Although the …show more content…
The US Public Health Services prevented these men from getting treatment and documented their bodies deteriorating for approximately forty years ("Remembering Tuskegee"). Unfortunately, history shows that the Tuskegee experiment was not an anomaly to scientific practices of the twentieth century; mentally retarded persons or prisoners became the unwilling or unsuspecting victims of science, being injected with cancerous cells, malaria, and other diseases ("Ugly past of U.S. Human Experiments Uncovered"). Although the Institutional Review Board was created in 1974 to prevent any further unethical human experimentation in America ("IRB Guidebook"), pharmaceutical companies continued to exploit human beings for the sake of profit. Outside of the United States, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer tested an experimental antibiotic called Trovan on a hundred Nigerian children during a meningitis outbreak in 1996. In this particular scenario, Pfizer had not properly informed the families of the children about the drug; some children died while others suffered from brain damage, deafness, paralysis, or blindness ("Secret Cable Discusses Pfizer’s Actions in Nigeria Case"). In light of this information, the South African government's strong initial hesitation and refusal to allow American

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