Health Officials Say Tulsa Dental Practice HIV Link 'Inconclusive'

Thursday, October 17th 2013, 12:33 pm
By: News On 6

State health officials now say genetic testing from some former patients of Dr. W Scott Harrington are inconclusive and it's not clear if they got HIV from his dental surgical practice in Tulsa and Owasso.

In a news release from the Oklahoma Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used samples from three of four of Harrington's patients who had the disease. At this point, the CDC can't say if the patients got HIV from his practice or if they already had it.

Last month, tests did confirm a patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C had occurred in the practice. That's the first such case ever in the United States.

9/18/2013 Related Story: Attorney Says Client Contracted Hepatitis C At Dentist Harrington's Office

In total, the Oklahoma Public Health Laboratory completed testing for 4,208 persons. Ninety patients tested positive for hepatitis C, 6 for hepatitis B, and 4 for HIV.