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HIV risk for 7,000

March 29, 2013 by staff 

HIV risk for 7,000, The Tulsa Health Department said this Thursday that an estimated 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist are at risk of getting HIV and hepatitis after it was discovered that the instruments used were improperly sterilized. The health department urged those concerned individuals to undergo testing at a free clinic.

The Oklahoma health department said “We do not know how long these improper practices have been occurring, so we recommend that all patients of Dr. Scott Harrington’s be tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. It should be noted that transmission in this type of occupational setting is rare.”

The clinic which subjected to inspection earlier this month was discovered to have several problems. Among them were rusty equipment, expired drugs, and a host of other violations. Dr. Harrington voluntarily shut down his clinic pending the results of the investigation.

Officials said that the 7,000 patients dating as far back as 2007 will be receiving a letter regarding this issue. The free testing will start this Saturday.

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