A Toronto Dental Clinic's Patients May Be Exposed To HIV After The Use Of Dirty Tools
Patients could have been exposed to HIV for the past five years.
Alforat Dental Center, a Mississauga dental clinic, is now warning its patients that they could’ve been exposed to severe bloodborne illnesses such as HIV and hepatitis. Peel Public Health put out an advisory on November 25, 2019, stating that anyone who received dental services at the clinic, which is located at 2395 Cawthra Rd., between February 2014 and September 19, 2019, should be tested for bloodborne infections.
“After receiving a complaint, Peel Public Health inspected Alforat Dental Center in Mississauga. The inspection found problems with the cleaning, sterilization, and storage of dental instruments. As a result, there is a low risk of exposure to bloodborne infections. If you were a patient of Alforat Dental Center, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about getting tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV,” it adds.
The practice initially shut down as a result of the complaints. However, they have since reopened after showing compliance with standards.
"The investigation identified several improper processes where we could not confirm the sterility of the dental equipment used at the clinic," said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, according to Insauga.
"As a precaution, we recommend that all clinic patients speak to their doctor about getting tested to rule out bloodborne infections,” she continued.
Current and previous patients of the clinic are being advised to download a lab requisition for blood work before bringing it to their doctor or walk-in clinic.
It is unclear at this time whether or not there have been any confirmed cases.
Anyone seeking more information about the advisory should check out the official document here.