Between August 2010 and June 2011:
Stein Oral and Facial Surgery
, 3737 East 1stAvenue, Suite B, Denver, CO 80206. Patients were also seen at this location by Dr.Stein under the name
New Image Dental Implant Center
I am a previous patient of Dr. Stein’s and I did
not receive intravenous (IV) medication. Whatshould I do?
Syringe and needle re-use was identified only for IV medication administration, includingsedation. Patients who only received local injections (injections into the mouth) do not needto be tested. We do not recommend testing for patients who did not receive IV medications.However, if you are not sure if you received IV medications, the safest option is to be testedfor hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. You should talk to your health care provider aboutgetting tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
Why should I be concerned about these infections if I haven’t had any symptoms?
People infected with viruses like HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C may not have symptomsfor many years. It is possible you might have been infected and not know it. Even if you maynot feel ill or remember getting sick, if you received IV medications, including sedation, at
one of Dr. Stein’s offices between September 1999 and June 2011, you should be tested for
HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C to make sure you are not infected. Knowing whether youare infected is important, so you can be treated if your test results are positive.
Do I need a letter from the state health department to get tested?
No. You do not need a letter to get tested. If you were a patient who received medicationsthrough an intravenous (IV) line, including sedation, during a procedure done by Dr. StephenStein between September 1999 and June 2011 at the locations specified above, you shouldbe tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
How likely is it that I may be infected with HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C from Dr. Stein’s
It is currently unknown if any transmission of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV, occurred as aresult of unsafe injection practice
s at Dr. Stein’s offices.It is unknown how many, if any, people might have been infected at Dr. Stein’s offices. HIV,
hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are routinely found in the population. Even if patients of Dr.Stein are infected, they may not have been i
nfected at Dr. Stein’s offices
. Although testingcan determine if a person is infected, it cannot determine the source of the infection.In Colorado, the number of people living with HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in 2011 areestimated as follows:
In 2011, an estimated 1 out of 451 people in Colorado were reported to be livingwith HIV and AIDS.
In 2011, an estimated 1 out of 9840 people in Colorado were reported to be livingwith hepatitis B.
In 2011, an estimated 1 out of 1552 people in Colorado were reported to be livingwith hepatitis C.In Colorado, the Board of Health requires physicians and other health care providers toreport HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C cases to the Colorado Department of Public Healthand Environment.