A young woman who caught AIDS from her dentist says government scientists believe two other patients were infected the same way.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control says genetic tests indicate a 99.4 percent probability that Dr. David Acer infected three patients, said 22-year-old Kimberly Bergalis.The CDC announced in August that Bergalis was believed to be the first person to contract AIDS from a health-care worker.
She read a final draft of the CDC report with her lawyers Tuesday after being shown the document by Florida's Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. The CDC is expected to publish the report on Friday.
"Now they finally believe me, but where were they when I was standing by myself?" she asked. "Whether they apologize or not, it's still not going to change the fact that what happened to me could have been prevented."
CDC spokesman Kent Taylor declined to comment on the report.
Details of the CDC's conclusions were first reported Friday in the Los Angeles Times.
The CDC report identified the two other infected patients as an elderly woman married for 20 years and a young man, and said all three patients had no other risk factors for the disease, said Bergalis' attorney, Robert Montgomery.