Dentist Infected Patients With HIV

    FILE - This 1977 license picture provided by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry shows Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington. The prominent Tulsa oral surgeon accused of exposing as many as 7,000 of his patients to hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS is expected to meet with investigators from the state board of dentistry by April 12, 2013, but it remains unclear whether Dr. W. Scott Harrington will voluntarily — and permanently— give up his license and retire from practicing ahead of a hearing next week that could see his license yanked. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, File)

    1977 photo of Dr. Scott Harrington. (Oklahoma Board of Dentistry/AP)

    As if people need another reason to fear the dentist. At least 60 patients of Oklahoma dentist W. Scott Harrington have tested positive for hepatitis or HIV. After one patient reported testing positive for both HIV and hepatitis C, the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry did a surprise inspection of Harrington’s practice, only to discover that the dentist used old needles, his instruments were rusted, and he often poured bleach on his patients’ wounds. Over 7,000 patients from Harrington’s multiple clinics were notified via letter about the risk of infection and offered free blood testing. So far 3,122 have been tested, and 57 were positive for hepatitis C, 3 for hepatitis B, and at least 1 has contracted HIV.

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