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Atascadero woman finds out she could be exposed to Hepatitis B, C & HIV

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.”


Atascadero woman finds out she could be exposed to HIV, Hepatiti.


About SW Cali Commentary / Net Production

Jessica Zoe was born in Chicago, Illinois,” the windy city” where she spent the first 5 years of her life. She was raised in San Diego, but spent a brief time attending Jr. High school in Ireland where her extended family currently resides. Jessica graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Sociology / Anthropology. Soon afterwards she received a M.S. degree in Forensic Science from National University in San Diego. She also received a M.S. in Legal studies at the University of San Diego. Jessica’s favorite aspect of school is the sense of routine and accomplishment that she feels when she completes assignments and papers. The most challenging part of school has been realizing that most of the subject matter presented is best viewed "objectively". In other words, "don’t take all the material presented at face value". After college, Jessica spent several years working as a Legal Assistant for Construction Defect Attorneys in San Diego. She also worked as a Claims Adjuster for car accident attorneys as well. She then moved to north county where she worked in sales for the following 10 years. She has participated in all aspects of selling, from setting the appointment to closing the deal. Her favorite aspect of working has been the interaction with people. She enjoys socializing and is definitely a people-person. Jessica is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, AKA EdD. where she hopes to network her way into the Forensic field to teach and consult. In Jessica’s spare time, she enjoys watersports and online publishing whenever she gets a break fromher current job in Commercial Transport. Jessica's current areas of interest for online self-publishing include: Industrial Automation | Hospital Protocols | Product Recalls | Legal Updates | Weatherizing & Climate | Environment | Space | Racing | Forensics | Sports & Event updates.


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