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Author Topic: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!  (Read 1663 times)

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Offline Matty the Damned

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Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« on: September 08, 2010, 04:41:42 PM »
O noes! Seems a well intentioned science project went a bit awry last month. Naturally parents are shocked!

Parents are shocked at how a group of Tasmanian students may have been put at risk of contracting blood-borne diseases during a class experiment.

More than a dozen year nine and 10 students at the Dover District High School in southern Tasmania have undergone blood tests following the experiment.

Public health officials say 18 science students had multiple blood samples taken using a single finger-pricking lancet last month. Some of those students have still not been tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.

The teacher used methylated spirits in an attempt to sterilise the lancet between tests.


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As usual HIV is the major point of panic here and is the thing the media has latched onto.  Matty the Damned predicts no infections will be the result however stupidity will persist unabated.

MtD

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 05:01:51 PM »
40 something years ago at a high school in California, our science project was to prick our fingers to test our blood types.  As I remember, we all got individual prickers.  But over 15 years ago one of my industrial safety program clients in Los Angeles let a good ole boy network friend set up a diabetes testing lab in his large supermarket chain.  When bloodborne pathogens were discussed, the client ended our safety program because he couldn't afford it over the cost of testing the store customers for HIV.   ;D  Have the best day
Michael
(who prefers to finger his prick over pricking his finger)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 07:33:13 PM »


Teach should have gone out and bought a box or lancets.  I bought a box last week.  total of 100 for less than 10.00
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Re: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 04:15:00 AM »

Teach should have gone out and bought a box or lancets.

Agreed.  They are fairly cheap.  I use them when I check my blood sugar, but Medicare Part B pays for them.

That was kind of an assinine thing to do.  What did the teacher think the parents were going to do, but freak?
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Offline LoboDog

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Re: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 09:41:29 AM »
the chances are pretty small that any disease would be transmitted. Is that what you want to teach kids though? It's ok to share needles as long as you trust the people you are with? Kids pick up on every thing.

Offline fearless

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Re: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2010, 11:38:46 PM »
and i remember the days when noone gave a shit about these sort of things. becoming blood brothers was common practice in the school playground.
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Re: Tasmanian High School HIV Freakout!
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2010, 12:21:16 AM »
the chances are pretty small that any disease would be transmitted. Is that what you want to teach kids though? It's ok to share needles as long as you trust the people you are with? Kids pick up on every thing.

The chances are pretty small only because the chance of anyone actually having HIV is pretty small.  If someone did have it, I'd hate to be the kid next in line!  It is a concern.  But if the pricker was actually cleaned and sanitized in alcohol or some other such agent, I'm surprised this even made the news.

 


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