I went to my Ob/GYN for a routine pap smear test today. I am usually germaphobic, especially with something that goes into my body. I noticed my doctor touched my shoes while she was helping me get positioned into the stirrups properly. Immediately after that, without washing her hands, she put on gloves and started performing the procedures. There was a nurse assisting her by giving her the instruments. I noticed when the nurse came in that she didn't wash her hands and she proceeded right away putting on her gloves and helping the doctor. With the same gloves that she wore, she also performed a pelvic exam on me. My question is: In my opinion, both doctor and nurse had some possibility to contaminate the gloves while they were wearing them because at the time they put it in their hands weren't clean. Since this is an Ob/Gyn office, is it possible to get someone else's STD from the gloves that were touched by unwashed hands?
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