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Staff Fears regarding aHIV/AIDS patient
Sep 18, 2001

In a dental office, even with adequate information regarding HIV/AIDs, how do ally the concenrs, (mainly) fear of the office staff when a pt. checks they are HIV positive?

Response from Ms. Breuer

With reliable, workplace-oriented, repeated education. It's the only way to manage in this situation. For a referral to a good provider, check with the CDC's Business Responds to AIDS program and ask for a referral. 800-458-5231. Once you've provided the education (including ample opportunity to ask questions), then you just have to let people walk through the fear. The fear is normal; staying in it despite repeated experience with HIV positive patients is not, and may require a therapist's intervention. Please make access to the therapist possible. It would be a shame to lose a good employee over this when fearful people can be helped.

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