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January 16, 2014

HIV and Hepatitis Exposure Concerns on Nevada Reservation

At least 21 Native Americans in northern Nevada were potentially exposed to HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), KRNV News reports. Reservation health workers re-used an improperly sterilized blood glucose pen on dozens of patients. Tildon Smart, chairman of the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, claims employees at the NuNu Diabetes Wellness Clinic in Fort McDermitt “wiped down” the pen between patients, rather than properly sanitizing the device. In response, Indian Health Services is administering free HIV tests on the reservation. However, due to the severity of the error, many tribe members are reluctant to go back to the clinic for their health care.

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Jesus Alvarez, Manhattan, 2014-01-23 17:46:50
It's a shame even in this years they still reusing needles . Mostly likely did not care to clean properly or get new ones because they are native Americans until these days they're treat as second class and no care about their well being. I'm so sorry to this native people they have to keep suffering.i wish you the best.

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