Flashback: Missouri VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV

Nina Golgowski
February 12, 2011

More than 500 veterans in Ohio are being contacted by a clinic where they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV during routine dental work, according to Ohio Veterans Affairs communications officer Todd Sledge.

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The Dayton, Ohio, VA clinic is contacting 535 veterans who received treatment during an 18-year period from a dentist who admitted to not washing his hands or changing gloves between patients. There are 100 to 130 additional patient records still to review, according to Sledge.

“We’re taking a very aggressive approach and a well-planned intervention to make sure that we’re contacting these folks,” Sledge said.

By Tuesday evening, 436 of the 535 patients had been contacted by phone, letters and visits to shelters, according to Sledge.

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