Officials: Patients of dental clinic should get HIV tests

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Health officials in Tennessee say patients treated at a Memphis dental clinic should get tested for hepatitis B and C, and HIV after “breaches in infection control” may have put patients at risk for the diseases.

In a news release, the Shelby County Health Department strongly recommended the testing for patients of SPT Dental Clinic. Health officials say no specific infections have been linked to the clinic.

Health officials closed the clinic July 1. They say a patient’s complaint to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry sparked an investigation.

The health department is contacting patients directly, but officials say some records may be incomplete so patients should not wait to be contacted.

Free testing is available at the Cawthon Public Health Clinic in Memphis.

An investigation into the clinic continues.