Hundreds of Tulsa dental patients tested for HIV and hepatitis

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Updated: 4/01/2013 10:15 am Published: 3/31/2013 12:13 pm

Hundreds of dental patients stood in line during Saturday morning's storms outside the Tulsa Health department to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.  

The department's marketing director Kaitlin Snyder said 420 patients were screened.

"Some people were here before we opened at 10:00 this morning so we started testing earlier than expected," said Snyder.  

FOX23 blurred faces to not identify anyone.

"We take patient privacy seriously because we understand how sensitive this testing process can be," said Snyder.

Results take two to three weeks but there was another agency inside the Health Department called the Guiding Right.  They only test for HIV but their two HIV tests, an oral swab and a finger prick requiring a small blood draw, only take 15 to 20 minutes for results.

"We know waiting two weeks for results can be the longest two weeks of your life so that is why I make myself available to provide these HIV tests," said health educator with the Guiding Right agency Searcy Allen.

The THD will re-open on Monday morning from 8:00-6:00 p.m.  All HIV and hepatitis testing is free.

The THD location is in north Tulsa at: 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Tulsa, OK, 74126

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