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Tulsa Health Department will not test dental patients' spouses


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Updated: 4/08/2013 9:29 am Published: 4/06/2013 12:23 am


The Tulsa Health Department has faced confusion from dental patients about whether they can also have their spouse also tested for hepatitis B, C, or HIV. 

THD’s marketing director Kaitlin Snider said the clinic is only testing Dr. Scott Harrington’s patients.  Spouses will only be tested if the patient receives a positive test result and then the THD will do an investigation, testing more people connected to that patient. 

Dr. Harrington is being investigated by the State Board of Dentistry for possibly infecting 7,000 of his patients with infectious diseases. 

“Until test results come back we don’t have any reason for spouses to be tested,” said Snider.

The department will also wait on releasing how many negative and positive test results come back to the public. 

“Anytime we do an epidemiological investigation it is hard to conclude someone contracted something in a certain setting,” explained Snider.  “We will also conduct an interview if any other risk exposure factors led to one of these diseases in question.  It won’t be something that will be immediately released. “

As of Friday at 4:00 p.m. 1,900 patients have been tested. 

The clinic opens Saturday morning from 9:00-1:00 p.m.  The north Tulsa health department clinic is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and East 56th North.


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Mayor Maynot - 4/7/2013 12:20 PM
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I understand that "they" don't want to turn it into a free for all :-) it looks like this could take a while. The patients (7,000) were not all infected in one day. Infected patients have had plenty of time to share this problem with others. Hypothetically #8 •> an infected patient could share it with their spouse in different intimate ways. With a possible result of creating a child with a disease. Hated to say that but that possibility does exist.

Mayor Maynot - 4/7/2013 9:34 AM
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These are very communicable diseases. If the frigging ?doctor? gave them a disease and they transmit it to immediate family members then Dr Scott could bear MORE responsibility.

Unwashed Mass - 4/6/2013 12:08 PM
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So they are testing spouses, under certain conditions.
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