Patients of dentist shut down for unsanitary conditions should be tested for HIV, hepatitis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Shelby County Health Department is recommending patients, current and former, of a now closed dentist office be tested for HIV and Hepatitis.

There is no evidence of anyone contracting either from the dentist.

According to the health department, "

People who are infected may not exhibit any symptoms of the disease for many years. It is possible patients might have been infected and not know it.  Even though patients who may not have been exposed may not feel ill or remember getting sick, they should be tested."

SPT Dental was shut down Friday, July 1 after complaints were filed.

An inspection report states Dr. Alfred Brown failed to change gloves between patients and reused dental crowns that had previously been in someone else's mouth.

They also said he sometimes appeared to be under the influence during their visits.

Inspectors said they did see in one room; the sharps container was overflowing with dirty needles and in another, there was bloody gauze on the floor.

The suction device that goes into a patient's mouth was reportedly found lying on the dirty floor.

WREG discovered several unfavorable reviews of the practice online as well.

Free testing will be provided to Shelby County residents starting today at 1000 Haynes Street.

Those outside Shelby County should contact their health department or doctor.

Appointments can be made by calling 901-222-9299.

This isn't the first time Brown has been in trouble with the State Board.

In 1990, his license was summarily suspended after it was revealed he had overprescribed controlled substances to at least 20 patients, some of whom he knew were abusing drugs.

His license was revoked again in 1992, and he was suspended for 30 days in 1996 for incorrectly reporting services rendered.

Brown has been licensed to practice dentistry since January 1973.

In the most current case, the board said based on the preliminary information they are suspending Brown's license effective immediately.

WREG tried to contact Dr. Brown for comment but were unable to reach him.

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