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Canada: University Warns Students About Possible HIV, Hepatitis Exposure After Exercise

January 22, 2013

First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, is currently trying to locate students who participated in the Northern Health Science Access Program's blood-typing exercise between 2002 and 2011, to alert them that they may have been exposed to diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. According to the university, the lancet used to draw blood during the process may have caused the possible exposure. The part that pierces the skin was discarded after each test, but the lancet holder, which should have been discarded as well, was cleaned with alcohol and reused. The school states that the risk to students is low, as any viruses would have had to survive the cleaning with alcohol.

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