HIV warning for dental patients

About 980 patients this month received letters from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District advising them of a "low risk" of infection if they were treated at the clinics between August 2002 and August 2013.

The letter to patients said the infection risks involved HIV and hepatitis B and C.

Health authorities are recommending patients visit their general practitioner for precautionary screening for infection.

The warnings follow a public health investigation of two dental practices operated by Nuha Kamil at Castlereagh Street in the city and Alfred Street in North Sydney.

NSW Health director of communicable diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the clinics were inspected following a complaint about cleanliness from a patient.

It was found there "was not proper cleaning and sterilisation of instruments".

She said it was believed the risk of infection was "very low" but it was thought advisable to warn patients of the