HIV, hepatitis tests to resume for Tulsa patients
|Updated: 4/01/2013 3:47 pm
||Published: 4/01/2013 7:00 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Free hepatitis and HIV testing resumed Monday for the patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of unsanitary practices.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it will offer the free screenings on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the 7,000 patients who saw Dr. W. Scott Harrington over the past six years. Screenings are being offered at the Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center.
Officials say 420 people were tested Saturday and more than 300 were tested early on Monday.
The health department says poor hygiene practices at Harrington's two clinics in Tulsa and Owasso created a public health hazard. The patients are being urged to be screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
Harrington's practice was inspected after officials determined a patient may have contracted hepatitis C while having dental surgery.
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