TULSA - On Saturday, 420 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington's flocked to the Tulsa Health Department's North Clinic near 56th St. North and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. for the first day of free testing for HIV, hepatitis B and C.
THD officials say this is a very organized process and they will send the samples to the State Department of Health in Oklahoma City for analysis.
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There was a commotion of cars and a mile-long line of patients in front of Tulsa's Regional Health and Wellness Center.
They were all waiting for one answer -- to see if they too are infected by Harrington, an oral surgeon.
"My initial reaction was, 'I know that name. Oh, no! That's why I know that name'," said Tina Meyer.
Meyer says Harrington pulled her tooth in 2007. That's the year health officials say the cases date back to, though they say even patients from before 2007 should still get this free test.
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Meyer said, "the chances are remote of contracting anything. It's more precaution and I think they're smart to take precaution."
"I really got scared. I couldn't believe it. I said, 'why me?'"
Linda Harris says Harrington pulled eight of her teeth just last year. She describes the entire experience as a rollercoaster ride, and now she says she is worried she has one of the three viruses. Recently, her chronic pain and illness became worse. She says this isn't just about her any longer. She also thinks about passing something on to her fiance.
Harris said, "There's going to be some issues with some of us. All of us can't be okay. I just hope I'm one of the okay people."
Meyer hopes for the same.
"I'm not going to worry about something I have no control over," said Meyer.
Patients will wait two to three weeks for results. Those who're infected will receive a phone call and possible additional testing. Those who test negative will receive a letter in the mail.
This clinic reopens Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For additional information call the Tulsa Health Department hotline at 918-595-4500.
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