Hundreds Line Up for HIV Tests Following Dirty Dentist Accusation

Patients take first step to combating infection after poor practice during exams.
2:31 | 03/30/13

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with that shocking violation of trust. Authorities say thousands of patients put at risk of hepatitis and hiv by their dentist. This evening, so many of them now waiting for their test results after lining up and waiting outside that clinic there to be tested today. Meantime, we're learning more about the elusive dentist himself tonight. Abc's chief medical editor richard besser starting us off again tonight. Reporter: Hundreds today lining up for free testing for hiv, hepatitis b and c. Former patients of dentist dr. Scott harrington who are concerned they might have been infected at his tulsa dental clinic. Wendy brown went to dr. Hafrg harrington in 2010 to get her wisdom teeth removed. I was devastated. I have children. I have no comment. Reporter: Late yesterday our abc affiliate knxv knocked on the door of a vacation home believed to be owned by harrington. The man who answered refused to comment. Today no answer at that home. Harrington reportedly told officials he worked with a high population of known infectious patients. He could face criminal charges for allowing uncertified dental assistants to perform procedures. He's accused of possibly exposing more than 7,000 patients to the deadly viruses by using instruments that weren't properly sterilized. I could not believe it because I had just been there FEBRUARY THE 28th. Reporter: The investigation was triggered after an oklahoma resident with no risk factors tested positive for hepatitis c. If confirmed, this would be the first documented case of hepatitis c from a dentist's office. One red flag for investigators. The autoclave, the machine designed to sterilize dental instruments, which is supposed to be tested monthly, hadn't been checked in six years. The instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. I wouldn't let my nephews play with them out in the dirt. I mean, they were horrible. Reporter: If someone goes in a dentist's office and doesn't see barriers, doesn't see bags, they don't see clean, what should they do? I recommend them to leave. Important tip for all of us. Dr. Besser with us here. The first question for those folks, how long before they get results to the tests? Hiv, they may tell them today. There's a rapid test. The blood tests could be a matter of several days before they know. We're all hoping they don't get the results they're fearing but if they do, how would they link it then to the dentist's office? You know, that's medical detective work. They have to look for additional cases and they'll look at those viruses and compare them and see are they identical? That will tell them did it take place here. Dr. Richard besser leading us

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