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Are Dentists At Risk For Hiv With Hiv Positive Patients

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Dentist with exposure to positive patient

Hi Dr Frascino,Thank you for all you do on here! You are an inspiration to many and a wonderful resource for so many concerned folks.My situation is the following. I was performing a filling on an Hiv patient of mine and during the process was cut...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello CS,Your HIV-acquisition risk is extremely low, but not completely nonexistent. That the patient's HIV plasma viral load was suppressed to undetectable levels significantly decreases the chance for HIV transmission. There are also... Read more »

Tell my new dentist I'm HIV+ ? (DISCLOSURE TO DENTIST)

I'm going to be going to a dentist in a couple of weeks. I'll be a new patient.... Read more »

Dentist working with HIV+ patients

Hello Dr. Bob! I am a senior dental student and I have recently volunteered to treat HIV+ patients... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Dental Clinic Specializes in HIV/AIDS Patients, Cuts Out Fear of Seeing Dentist

Last fall, the nonprofit group Housing Works opened a full-service health clinic in Brooklyn exclusively for women with HIV/AIDS. A dental clinic housed in the facility, located at 57 Willoughby St., also accepts male patients. Many of the people... Read more »
University of California-San Francisco

Video Doc Helps HIV-Positive Patients Reduce Risky Behaviors

Paul Gilbert, ScM A computer-based interactive risk assessment and risk reduction counseling program using a video doctor sharply reduces sexual and drug risk behaviors by HIV-positive patients, according to UCSF researchers who developed and... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Examines HIV-Positive Patients' Death Risk at CD4 Counts Above 350

"Having HIV appears to be associated with a greater risk of death, even when the immune system is relatively robust and patients have not started treatment," according to a study published Friday in the Lancet , MedPage Today reports (Smith,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexual Risk Behavior Among HIV-Positive Patients at an Urban Clinic in Santiago, Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, more than 1 percent of adults are HIV-infected; most transmissions of the virus occur sexually. The current study examines risk behaviors in a group of HIV-positive individuals receiving treatment in Santiago. The... Read more »
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HIV Positive dentist

Posted by doglove, 5 Replies
I have been studying towards a career in the health professions. Just recently I have decided to go for a dental career. I am seriously reconsidering this as people might stop coming to me if they find out I am positive. It's a lot of money to... Read more »

Do I have to tell my dentist?

Posted by dj1979, 7 Replies
I think I already know the answer to this, but am I obligated to reveal my status to my dentist? I am going for an extraction on Thursday. Since this is a small town, I am still really uncomfortable telling anyone. I know he is bound by law not... Read more »

confused about exposure to tears of a positive patient

Posted by Faith77, 1 Reply
An HIV positive patient came to our hospital with perhaps tear duct block and I was asked to do Syringing of the eye by the ophthalmologist. I did the procedure without gloves because it is easier and also saw the nose with an endoscope. later on... Read more »

Exposure risks with known HIV positive man

Posted by 2010Worrier36, 1 Reply
I am a gay male who last weekend met another gay male who told me he was HIV+ after we had fooled around. I'm now worried that I put myself at risk of exposure. He has been positive for 13 years now and seemed to care about safer sex.

These are the... Read more »