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Old 10-13-2006, 06:51 PM   #14
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Re: Don't reuse Madela pumps?

Actually I doubt they are worried about HepC or HIV transmission from a used pump. Viruses just don't survive long outside of the human body.

In order to obtain data on the survival of HIV, laboratory studies have required the use of artificially high concentrations of laboratory-grown virus. Although these unnatural concentrations of HIV can be kept alive under precisely controlled and limited laboratory conditions, CDC studies have showned that drying of even these high concentrations of HIV reduces the number of infectious viruses by 90 to 99 percent within several hours. Since the HIV concentrations used in laboratory studies are much higher than those actually found in blood or other specimens, drying of HIV- infected human blood or other body fluids reduces the theoretical risk of environmental transmission to that which has been observed--essentially zero.
By the time you used a used pump, it would have dried.
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