WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- At least 21 people of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe have been potentially exposed to HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. According to Tribe Chairman Tildon Smart, the exposure is from a blood glucose pen that was reused and not properly sterilized between patients.
Smart says he is one of the tribe members who was affected while getting his blood glucose checked at the NuNu Diabetes Wellness Clinic through Indian Health Services. According to Smart, there was no proof that the needle was reused, and the pen was only wiped down between patients.
"It's very scary," says Smart. He is awaiting test results to see if he has been affected.
Indian Health Services will continue testing on the reservation on Monday, says Smart, but he adds that there are mixed feelings in the tribe. "Some individuals don't have a problem with it. They're willing to go there. There's others that feel that the program had failed them, and they don't feel safe going back."
KRNV has called Indian Health Services for comment, but have not had phone calls returned.