CDC: Tests for possible link of HIV-positive patients to Dr. Scott Harrington's clinics inconclusive

TULSA - The Oklahoma State Health Department said Thursday it's impossible to connect the viruses of the HIV-positive patients of embattled Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington to his clinics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed genetic testing of the HIV specimens inconclusive for potential connection to the practice. Specimens from three of four patients who tested positive for HIV were submitted to the CDC for genetic analysis.

Last month, the CDC confirmed one patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C virus had occurred in the practice -- the first documented report of patient-to-patient hepatitis C transmission associated with a dental setting in the country.

In March of this year, public health officials began the process of notifying Harrington's current and former patients they may have been exposed to blood-borne viruses at the surgeon's Tulsa and Owasso clinics. An investigation by the state dentistry board led to allegations of unsafe and improper practices in Harrington's offices.

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Among the illnesses patients were at risk of contracting were hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. More than 4,000 patients were tested in Oklahoma health clinics. Ninety of those patients tested positive for hepatitis C, six for hepatitis B and four for HIV.

An unknown number of patients were tested through their private health care providers.

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