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It has been several days since hundreds of letters from the Santa Barbara County health Department were mailed to patients of a local clinic. Those letters warn patients to get tested for Hepatitis B, C, and HIV.
“It’s the accident that just keeps on giving,” says Teresa Turner, a resident of Atascadero.
In 2011, 55-year old Turner says a drunk driver crashed into her, sending her to Dr. Allen Thomashefsky’s Santa Barbara Medical Clinic.
“Dr. Thomashefsky is a very friendly person, he seems to be a good guy,” says Turner. “The office was very clean and there was nothing out of the ordinary.”
At his office, Turner says she underwent therapy.
“Neck, back, and abdominal muscle,” says Turner. “I had several injections.”
When say this week’s news, a familiar face came up.
“It was announcing who the doctor was and it was Dr. Thomashefsky,” says Turner.
A phone call later to the Santa Barbara County Health Department, Turner was told she needs to get tested for possible Hepatitis B, C, and HIV. An appointment that could not come soon enough.
“Monday although it is only a couple of days away, it seems like it is very far away,” says Turner. “They are infectious diseases and I am concerned that they could have been shared with someone else.”
Turner says she knows the test results could be life changing.
“If I was to be infected by one of those, you feel like you are kind of labeled with a virus, how are people going to treat you,” says Turner.
She has made an appointment with her doctor in Paso Robles and hopes her story will help others take the necessary steps to move on.
“Because you don’t want to hide from this,” says Turner. “It is a very important and serious issue and you have to go on that path and deal with it.”