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Can A Dentist Get Infected With Hiv At Work

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Dentist working with HIV+ patients

Hello Dr. Bob! I am a senior dental student and I have recently volunteered to treat HIV+ patients and patients with AIDS at the medically complex dental care clinic in my dental school. As far as I have seen so far, we have not been instructed to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...agree with almost everything in your post. For instance, (1) no "extra" precautions are warranted or necessary when treating HIV-positive dental patients and (2) no "extra" sterilization procedures are warranted or necessary for dental tools used... Read more »

Husband Dentist Exposed to HIV on Job Yesterday

Dr. Bob,My husband is a dentist and was exposed to HIV while drilling a patient's tooth. ... Read more »

I have parkinsons & HIV & I want to see a dentist. Problems?

Hi Dr Bob,I was recently diagnosed HIV+. I also have Parkinson's which affects my head movement. ... 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

...said. Priscilla Jackson of Flatbush said she is grateful for the clinic, especially after having several bad experiences with dentists unfamiliar with treating HIV patients. I went to one place and when the dentist found out I was HIV-positive,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Telling Others You're HIV Positive

...your health (taking medications, rest periods, etc.). Talk with your boss or personnel director. Tell them you want to continue working, and what changes may be needed in your schedule or workload. Make sure they understand if you want to keep... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...splashed into a worker's eyes or inside their nose. There has been only one instance of patients being infected by an HIV-infected dentist. For more information, see " Are health care workers at risk of getting HIV on the job? " and " Are... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

'Open Wide'?

...on a medical questionnaire. Instead, he asked to interview the dentist first. He wanted to make sure he would be comfortable working with her. After a 15-minute conversation in which the dentist described her services and stated that she could... Read more »
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HIV Positive dentist

Posted by doglove, 5 Replies
...disclose but I know it would be unwise to do so. Any advice? Should I pursue this career path at all? Anyone know an HIV + dentist? 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 Read more »

Dentist Appt - Could it happen?

Posted by whatthe, 2 Replies
...Ok. Here is the deal. I had a dentist appt for a filling in November where I ended up getting the cold sore virus from the person assisting the dentist. I had noticed Read more »

Going to the dentist....ouch!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I had to make my first routine dentist appt since I found out I was HIV pos. I asked my HIV provider if I should disclose my status to my dentist and his hygenist who Read more »