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Unsanitary instruments utilized at local hospital can lead to HIV

UPMC Jameson Hospital has informed patients that the proper cleaning process was not followed for ultrasound probes used in internal prostate, obstetrical and gynecological exams. As a result patients who were the subject of theses exams are at risk for HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases.

The hospital is urging the patients to have blood and urine testing done, and has offered free testing at the hospital. In some cases it may be necessary to retest for HIV even if the first test is negative to definitively rule out the disease.

Even if you do not contract any disease due to the contamination, you have the ability to recover for the mental distress caused by the improper cleaning process. The UPMC Jameson has filed a report with the Department of Health and stated that corrective measures have been implemented. 

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