An HIV and hepatitis scare at the University of Prince Edward Island resulted in no cases of either disease, the university says.
UPEI told 300 students and staff that they may have been exposed to HIV, or hepatitis B and C, last year. Over a three year period, biology students were shown how to test blood glucose levels and some volunteered to have their own blood tested.
Needles were used just once to prick a finger and draw blood, but the pen used to hold the needles was used on many students. That put them at risk of cross-contamination.
The university no longer uses those blood glucose testers.
"It was not necessarily a high-level health concern, [but] it was an issue," said Christian Lacroix, UPEI's vice-president academic.
Lacroix said UPEI was not alone, as other schools were also using the devices incorrectly. Federal health advisories against the practice went to hospitals, pharmacies and other institutions, but not to universities.
UPEI now checks for those warnings and students no longer use their blood in class.
Public Health handled test results and said none of the blood tested was infected.
UPEI has beefed up safety training and checklists for instructors. Lacroix said there is a greater awareness now and the hope is new rules will protect students and staff.