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HIV test urged for 7,000 Okla. dental patients

TULSA, Okla. — Health officials said Thursday that thousands of patients of an Oklahoma dentist should undergo testing for HIV and hepatitis after officials investigating the source of a patient’s disease discovered instruments weren’t being cleaned properly.

The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry said state and county health inspectors inspected Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s practice after a patient with no other known risk factors tested positive for hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS. At Harrington’s clinics, they found multiple sterilization issues, including cross-contamination of instruments and the use of a separate rusty set of instruments for patients who were known to carry infectious diseases.

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Harrington faces a hearing on April 19 and could lose his license.

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