Dentist May Have Exposed 7,000 Patients to HIV, Hepatitis

Dentist may have exposed patients to HIV

A Tulsa, Oklahoma dentist is under investigation for serious health violations that may have exposed as many as 7,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis.

Yahoo News reports that Dr. Wayne Harrington is under investigation by the state dental board, the state bureau of narcotics and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency after one of his patients recently tested positive for hepatitis C and HIV with no known risk factors other than having dental work performed by Harrington.

A surprise inspection conducted by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry found numerous health code violations including expired narcotics stored in unlocked cabinets; re-using needles; allowing unlicensed assistants to administer medications; and cleaning open wounds with bleach until the wounds “turned white.”

Harrington was also cited for not keeping a log of stock narcotics. One narcotic vial expired in 1993.

“During the inspections, Dr. Harrington referred to his staff regarding all sterilization and drug procedures in his office,” the complaint read. “He advised, ‘They take care of that. I don’t.’”

The dentist’s instruments were dipped in bleach but some of the instruments showed signs of rust.

Dr. Harrington was a Medicaid provider, meaning he saw an unusually high number of low-income HIV and Hepatitis patients.

The Tulsa Health Department sent letters to 7,000 of Harrington’s past and present patients warning them that improper cleaning of dental instruments may have exposed them to HIV and hepatitis, and urging them to get tested free-of-charge.

A clinic operator told ABC News the dentist was referring patients to another clinic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says dental transmission of HIV and hepatitis is “extremely rare,” mainly because the virus doesn’t live very long outside of the body.

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    50 Responses to “Dentist May Have Exposed 7,000 Patients to HIV, Hepatitis”

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      Oh wow, heard about this a little this morning :tea:

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      wounds with bleach until the wounds “turned white.”
      _______________________

      The fugggg :ghost:

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      Nakeya_j says:

      Just nasty. Hope he goes to jail

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      Betamax82 says:

      :eek:

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      One narcotic vial expired in 1993.
      ________________________

      :ghost:

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      Miany says:

      I don’t blindly trust medical personnel. Some are afraid of questioning these folk. I watch everything until the minute I’m put to sleep. If something looks like it should come out of plastic, I ask why it’s not sterile.

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      Just Looking says:

      Both at same damn time. Where are you safe?

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      goat76 says:

      Gigi26 says:

      Did you hear about the NFL player that’s supposed to be coming out? If so. Have you heard any rumors about who it is?
      ———————————–
      You know I be thinking its that Brandon Ayanbadejo cat..cuz he bout the only one reaaaaal into the Gay Politics stuff..whatchu think?
      ——————————–
      I’ve been on a couple of college message boards and some posters from Tuscaloosa or went to UA believe that it’s Julio Jones. They say it’s pretty well known on Bama’s campus.

      I ain’t the one to gossip, so you ain’t heard that from me….lol

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      FCUKiNg SHAME,da FUGG IS REALLY GOING ON in Peoples MINds these days!

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      Milky says:

      they said most of his equipment was so dirty that it would have been cleaner if toddlers was playing with them in dirt. this nasty dirty cheap bastard…… :cuss:

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      Betamax82 says:

      What kind of 1950 backroom abortion clinic shyt is this too many violations

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      You know I be thinking its that Brandon Ayanbadejo cat..cuz he bout the only one reaaaaal into the Gay Politics stuff..whatchu think?
      ——————————–
      I’ve been on a couple of college message boards and some posters from Tuscaloosa or went to UA believe that it’s Julio Jones. They say it’s pretty well known on Bama’s campus.

      :shock: JULIO JONES!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?? :pc:

      Brandon AyanbadeJo slept on Capitol hill these week about the marriage shyte,I just DONT believe its HIM

    14. 14

      My question there wasn’t any obvious signs of nasty ness in his dental office :shrugs: rusted instruments :tea:

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      MissTaken says:

      :shocked: Not Julio Jones. YOU A DIRTY LIE!!! Not my Falcons :ghost:

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      Milky says:

      The dentist’s instruments were dipped in bleach but some of the instruments showed signs of rust.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      how u putting rusty shait up in people’s mouths?

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      Gigi26 says:

      ——————————–
      I’ve been on a couple of college message boards and some posters from Tuscaloosa or went to UA believe that it’s Julio Jones. They say it’s pretty well known on Bama’s campus.

      I ain’t the one to gossip, so you ain’t heard that from me….lol
      —————————————-

      :hahaha: DAMN! JULIOOOOOO you think he gonna retire after this?

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      Just Looking says:

      @ mainy….you watch till you fall asleep. :rofl: that’s when the chit pops off. That’s what I’m afraid of…what happens when I am sleep.

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      Miany says:

      @Just Looking… I know, I know :(

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      Just Looking says:

      Rusty instruments. Please :stop: I am going to pass out : rofl: what was he charging. Peanut butter and jelly

    23. 23

      Nah. There are a lot of NFL players that pretty much known to be gay.

      Victor Cruz.
      Vernon Davis
      That dude on the Cowboys. Miles.

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      goat76 says:

      They said that most of the people in the NFL already know about it. Just wondering how the fans and media will accept it.

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      Nakeya_j says:

      Rusty instruments. Please I am going to pass out : rofl: what was he charging. Peanut butter and jelly
      ——
      Grilled cheese sandwiches

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      Miany says:

      @Man.. :thinking: Victor Cruz is married right?? If so…hope she knows

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      “During the inspections, Dr. Harrington referred to his staff regarding all sterilization and drug procedures in his office,” the complaint read. “He advised, ‘They take care of that. I don’t.’”
      ______
      This nigga aint even worried.

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      @MAN
      LMAOOOOOOOOOO

      what Makes MILES :gay: cause he was banging KIM Out?? :hahaha:

      @GOAT
      :huh:

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      @MIANY
      “@Man.. Victor Cruz is married right?? If so…hope she knows

      by Miany on Mar 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm”
      _______

      Yeah. Once it started to come out he got married so I think she knows.

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      Diva says:

      Just Looking says:

      @ mainy….you watch till you fall asleep. that’s when the chit pops off. That’s what I’m afraid of…what happens when I am sleep.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      This the shyt I’m talking about…there was a LT movie where the dentist was raping his victims during dental procedures…anybody see that some years way back?

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      Gigi26 says:

      Yeah @Man Vernon yup :yes:

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      @LUVN
      That nigga was her shopping buddy

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      MissTaken says:

      This the shyt I’m talking about…there was a LT movie where the dentist was raping his victims during dental procedures…anybody see that some years way back?
      by Diva on Mar 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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      :ido:

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      @GIGI
      Im a lifelong Niners fan so I could care less that Vernon got an ol man.

      Nigga can straight ball tho!

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      Man, I just don’t care™ says: That nigga was her shopping buddy

      OH :thumbsup:

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      Diva says:

      MissTaken says:

      This the shyt I’m talking about…there was a LT movie where the dentist was raping his victims during dental procedures…anybody see that some years way back?
      by Diva on Mar 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      That was fugged up!!!!

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      @DIVA/MissTAKEN
      YES I seen that movie,Its called the DENTISTw/Corbin Bernsen
      yiKes

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      Miany says:

      @DIVA….I saw that movie. I stayed awake during an extraction, a wisdom tooth extraction!! Cuz the dentist was like…If it hurts too badly we gonna have to put you under. I’m like ungh ungh!!! Just keep going…. I am paranoid about that stuff, I am paranoid about medical practitioners in general so they can only put me under if I have no choice

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      coco creamy says:

      hmp? back to hooking a string around the door knob , then on the teeth and slam the door.
      or as my great gran pop says get you a screw driver, its all the same :no: this is sad.

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      Gigi26 says:

      @Man: You ain’t lying Vernon is a BEAST!! He’s a hot head but I respect his game :yes:

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      Miany says:

      :rofl: Man I remember one day he was the most eligible bachelor…next day Meet Victor Cruz’ wife… lmao.. Yeah, she knows!

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      Diva says:

      Miany says:

      @DIVA….I saw that movie. I stayed awake during an extraction, a wisdom tooth extraction!! Cuz the dentist was like…If it hurts too badly we gonna have to put you under. I’m like ungh ungh!!! Just keep going…. I am paranoid about that stuff, I am paranoid about medical practitioners in general so they can only put me under if I have no choice

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      :applause:

      :wave: hey Coco

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      coco creamy says:

      @Diva :hug: I be missing my roses. :waves: roses and thorns, weed wackers and @Man

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      Man I remember one day he was the most eligible bachelor…next day Meet Victor Cruz’ wife… lmao.. Yeah, she knows!
      _____

      :rofl:

      That was after they caught him in a gay club or something if I remember right!

      He can ball tho!

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      Former Morning Glory, Aspiring Friend Of The Board says:

      This is horrible :-(

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      goat76 says:

      luVn_liFe… says:

      @MAN
      LMAOOOOOOOOOO

      what Makes MILES :gay: cause he was banging KIM Out?? :hahaha:

      @GOAT
      :huh:
      —————
      I remember Julio took some pics in a white linen suit, I think it was for some kind of party. Might have been around the time he got drafted.

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      Glad Ima dude and I aint gotta worry bout that sexual stuff!

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      @GOAT What does that have to Do with him being gay?
      I remember Julio took some pics in a white linen suit, I think it was for some kind of party. Might have been around the time he got drafted.

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