#1: 7,000 Okla. dental patients possibly exposed to HIV
Health officials Thursday urged 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist to seek medical tests for hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS after discovering that instruments weren't properly cleaned despite the doctor's knowing that several of his patients carried infectious diseases.
This is why I go to a dentist who sends his instruments off to a professional sanitizing company who (as far as one knows), properly sterilizes them, wraps them, and seals them. They are unwrapped and removed in front of the patient, at each visit.
This has to be horrifying news for the people involved. I don't think I would be as worried about HIV as I would be with the Hep B and C. Hep can live on surfaces for up to 10 years if not properly cleaned.
I hope everyone is okay, and I hope the dentist is dealt with properly.