San Pedro Clinic Patients Told To Check For Hepatitis, HIV

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles County health officials are urging the patients of a San Pedro health clinic to get tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV after a confirmed case of contamination.

Patients of the Advanced Pain Treatment and Medical Center in San Pedro tell CBS 2/KCAL 9’s Kristine Lazar that they have been concerned for years about cross-contamination at the clinic. None of the patients wanted to be identified.

A patient contracted Hepatitis C at the clinic, a case that was linked to a nurse who improperly administered an IV.

“They believe the nurse contaminated the IV line,” the center’s Dr. Kamran Ghadimi said. “She’s not a new nurse, she’s practiced more than 20 years.”

That nurse, who was not identified, is still employed at the clinic but is no longer administering IVs.

A case of Hepatitis B is also believed linked to the clinic.

Health officials say that patients who have sought treatment at the center between Jan. 16, 2006 and Aug. 18, 2010 should be tested for Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV.

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