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Mar 28, 2013 7:33 PM

Oklahoma patients may have been exposed to HIV

TULSA, OK - Thousands of patients could have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis by a Tulsa County dentist, authorities said.

The Tulsa Health Department announced at a press conference this afternoon that a Tulsa dentist could have potentially exposed 7,000 patients to HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

About the Investigation

Authorities identified the dentist as Scott Harrington and said he has voluntarily ceased practicing as a result of their investigation.

Officials said the State Board of Dentistry so far has found numerous violations of health and safety laws and major violations of the State Dental Act.

In addition to the Dental Board agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration have joined the investigation to look into the maintenance, control and use of drugs at the office.

Who Could Be Affected

The health department is beginning the process of notifying patients who should be tested for the blood-borne illness.

Patients who had procedures at Dr. Harrington's dental practice, located at 2111 S. Atlanta Place in Tulsa or at 12806 E. 86th Place N. in Owasso will begin to receive letters in the mail.

What to Do If You're One of the Patients

Officials recommend patients be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV, according to the Health Department.

All testing will be done free of charge at the Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Services will be provided on a walk-in basis starting on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. ? 2 p.m. and will resume on Monday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, the health department has set up a hotline at (918) 595-4500 for people with questions about this notification or hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV.

Patient information was only available from the past seven years. Patients who were seen by Harrington prior to 2007 may not receive a letter, officials said.

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