Patient :I bought a "new" and unsterilized metal (apparently stainless steel but cheaply constructed) speculum for home use at a supposedly reputable but certainly "top rated" Ebay medical wholesaler. While it is new (made in Pakistan), I must assume the worst: it has been used and never sterilized. Thus, can I sterilize it in a conventional oven, provided I heat it to at least 340 degrees and maintain that temperature? Moreover, if I cannot sterilize it, would it at least be free of STDs and hepatitis?
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