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Colorado Health Alert: Dentist Patients Urged to get Tested for HIV, Hepatitis B & C

Highlands Ranch, CO: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a warning for patients of oral surgeon Dr. Stephen Stein to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. According to the health department, Dr. Stein re-used syringes and needles while performing facial and oral surgery procedures, including needles used for intravenous medications (IV). Tainted IV needles may have also been used for sedation.

A report by CBS News/Denver notes that Dr. Stein is a licensed dentist who practiced oral surgery at Stein Oral and Facial Surgery in Highlands Ranch, CO from September 1999 through June 2011. He also practiced at an office of the same name in Denver, CO from August 2010 to June 2011. Some patients also saw Dr. Stein at a clinic, the New Age Dental Implant Center.

The Colorado health department website states, "Needles and syringes were used repeatedly, often days at a time. Because there can be a small amount of blood that remains in syringes and needles after an injection through an IV line, there is a risk of spread of blood-borne viruses, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, between patients."

According to CBS, Stein stopped practicing on June 24, 2011 and sold his Highlands Ranch practice in September 2011.

Anyone who was a patient of Dr. Stephen Stein between September 1999 and June 2011 is urged to be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. More information can be found by reading the FAQs posted by the Colorado health department website.

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Published on Jul-14-12


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