NMDOH no cost testing for El Dentista victims

May 20th, 2013 at 4:23 pm by under Latest Posts

The New Mexico Department of Health is asking anyone who received dental services in their homes or other non-clinic settings to be aware of the potential for transmission of bloodborne diseases. If you received dental services in your home or other non-healthcare setting at any time by a man known as “El Dentista” and other names, including Eliver Kestler or Eliver Lopez, the New Mexico Department of Health is offering counseling and testing services. The services will include counseling, no-cost confidential blood tests and referrals to additional services if needed.

Bloodborne diseases can be transmitted to people receiving dental procedures when good infection prevention is not in place. The New Mexico Department of Health has no information at this time that anyone has been infected after receiving these services. It is possible to be infected with bloodborne diseases without knowing it. The only way to know for certain is to get tested.

A brief, confidential interview will be offered before testing is conducted for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV in order to determine if people need to be tested more than one time and if any additional services are needed. All counseling and testing is free and confidential.

The New Mexico Department of Health recommends:

  • If you received any of the dental services offered by “El Dentista”, call the New Mexico Department of Health at 505.827.0006 to answer your questions and to learn where to go for counseling and testing.
  • Inform anyone you know who may have received such dental services that the New Mexico Department of Health would like to talk with them and offer public health services.
  • You do not need to call first if you want to be tested. You may go directly to the Santa Fe County Public Health Office without an appointment. The office is located at 605 Letrado St. behind the Salvador Perez Pool. You will be seen confidentially and free of charge between the hours of 8:00-11:00 am or 1:00-3:00 pm Monday through Thursday for counseling and testing (for directions, you can call the public health office at 505-476-2600).

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