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Johns Hopkins Univ. Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit Over STD Study

Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to a historic settlement July 21, 2014. The hospital will pay more than 8,000 former patients $190 million for a gynecologist scandal uncovered in 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Johns Hopkins Hospital (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

 

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Billion dollar lawsuit. Hundreds of people, part of a horrific STD study, sue Johns Hopkins University.

Nearly 800 former research subjects infected with sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala are seeking justice–but Hopkins says it is not to blame.

Christie Ileto has more on the accusations and the denial.

The government experiment happened more than 65 years ago. The victim’s attorneys argue it’s time to right a terrible wrong, while Johns Hopkins says its hands are clean.

Nearly 800 names with the same story–Guatemalan research subjects in the 1940s and ’50s poked and prodded as human guinea pigs of the U.S. government and infected with syphilis and other STDs without their knowledge.

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