A USP technician who tested positive for the hepatitis C virus after a pre-practice test has told the ABC that she was unable to talk about the event.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Dr Jennifer Atkinson said she was unaware of any concerns about the test being carried out and did not believe she had been contaminated.
“I was not aware of any problems or concerns that were raised with the test, but my knowledge of the process was limited at that point,” Dr Atkinson said.
She said she did not think there was a risk of infection with the virus and that she had not had a hepatitis C vaccination.
The USP has released a statement saying the technician, who has not been identified, was tested for hepatitis C after the pre-workout test was administered.
It said she tested positive on November 23, six days after the USP clinic in Brisbane tested positive.
Dr Atkinson said the test was not sent to a laboratory in Australia, which would have been required if she had tested positive in Queensland.
“[It] could have been sent to the US test centre in Australia where the USGP would have received it,” she said.
“I’m not sure why they didn’t do that because it was clearly not a priority for them.”
Dr Atkinson was one of more than 200 USP technicians tested in the US over the weekend.
Her partner, Dr Michael O’Brien, was also tested, but the results were not yet available.
Mr O’Briens wife, Anna, also tested positive, but she is not being treated for hepatitis.
Dr Atkinson has been contacted for comment.