Indian Country Today Media Network (01.14.2014)
Aids Weekly Plus
Indian Country Today reported that a recent diabetes screening could have exposed at least 21 Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe members in Nevada to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. According to Tribe Chairperson Tildon Smart, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has stated that the IHS official who administered the screening was told not to continue, but did so nonetheless. The official allegedly reused the same monitoring pen to check the blood glucose levels of members, but did not sterilize it correctly between patients. Smart, who participated in the screening, believes the exposure was due to inadequate training and said some people felt that their trust was violated, and “that the program had failed them, and they don't feel safe going back." This week, Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nev., tested the tribe members for the aforementioned diseases; they now await the test results. For more information, contact IHS at (775) 532–8522.