Link of HIV, Tulsa Dental Office 'Inconclusive'

Oct 17, 2013

Harrington's office in Tulsa
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Health Department says genetic tests on HIV specimens from former patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions are inconclusive for potential connection to his practice.

Specimens from three of four patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington testing positive for HIV were submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for genetic analysis to determine if the source of infections was related to the clinic.

State health inspectors shut down Harrington's clinic March 28 after finding unsanitary conditions. A 17-count complaint filed by the state said officials found rusty instruments, potentially contaminated drug vials and improper use of a machine designed to sterilize tools at Harrington's offices

The investigation is continuing and Harrington is cooperating with the probe.