TODAY   |  March 31, 2013

Victim of dental office HIV scare: ‘I just want to get the testing over with’

Hundreds of people anxiously awaiting their medical fate after lining up for hepatitis and HIV tests have one thing in common -- they were patients of Dr. Scott Harrington, whose dental practice is now at the center of a health scare. NBC’s Charles Hadlock reports.

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>>> now to oklahoma, and that story of the dentist accused of running an unsanitary practice, potentially putting thousands of his patients at risk for hepatitis or hiv. this morning, many of them are waiting anxiously for test results, a day after they lined up for hours to be examined. the latest now from charles hadlock.

>> reporter: this morning, hundreds are anxiously awaiting their medical fate after lining up for hepatitis and hiv tests . they all have one thing in common. they were patients of dr. scott harrington , whose dental practice is now at the center of a health scare.

>> i just want to get the testing over with.

>> it's going to be some issues with some of us, and i just hope i'm one of the okay people.

>> reporter: the tulsa health department has now notified 7,000 patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis and hiv, simply by visiting one dentist.

>> people are undoubtedly questioning how this could have happened, you know, why they've been put in this position. and we're hoping to provide them some peace of mind .

>> reporter: that peace of mind won't come for another two to three weeks when test results finally come in. in a 17-count complaint, the state board of dentistry accuses dr. harrington , seen here in an earlier photo, of being a menace to the public health because of unsanitary practices found in his office. inspectors say harrington 's clinic had rusty equipment, allowed dental assistants to perform i.v. sedation without a license, and reuse needles and old drug vials. investigators say harrington 's staff improperly sanitized dental tools with bleach, which caused them to corrode. harrington has surrendered his dental license and is cooperating with authorities, but for now, all that is left to do is wait.

>> i'm not going to worry about something i have no control over.

>> reporter: for "today," charles hadlock, nbc news, tulsa.