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Can A Dentist Refuse To Treat Someone With Hiv

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The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents A Look at the Numbers Is HIV Different for Men and Women? Treatment in HIV+ Women: Efficacy, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions Gynecological Issues in HIV+ Women Pregnancy and HIV In Conclusion A Look at the Numbers Over 25 years have passed since the first diagnosis of
Ask the Experts

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. When I went to get a crown recently, my usual dentist refused because I have both HIV and a 'movement disorder which increases the likelyhood of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...prove challenging. I'd suggest you check with your HIV specialist and get a referral to an HIV-knowledgeable (and experienced) dentist for a second opinion. If he, too, advises that the dental work could not be done due to head movement, general... Read more »

Dentists specializing in HIV patients

Newly infected in Phoenix, AZ and am unable to find a dentist to treat me. Can you help.
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hello and thanks for your post.I'm certain that you'll be able to fine a good dentist in Phoenix. While I don't know of anyone there by name, I'd suggest that you ask your HIV specialist or AIDS Service Organization Read more »

Medical forms and disclosure

When going to any medical appointment everyone is given a medical questionaire to fill out so they may have your insurance and medical information. While many do not come out and ask, "Are you HIV+" they all ask what medications you are taking. When...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,No, you can't be denied treatment; however, I do strongly suggest you level with your physicians and dentist about your HIV status. You can do this verbally and directly to the doctor or dentist. Just advise them you have concerns about Read more »

dental question

Do I need to disclose my status to my dentist ( i plan to ) and can he or she refuse to treat me?
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...You are correct: to treat you knowledgeably, a dentist does need to know your HIV status. Can that person refuse you? Not legally. If he or she does refuse to treat you based on your Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

7,000 Romanian Children With HIV Face Bias

...Also, according to HRW: Some youths keep their infection secret because local authorities would identify them publicly. Some dentists refuse to treat HIV-positive children. Some HIV-positive children cannot access the free drugs they need... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

'Open Wide'?

...Nine months after the Supreme Court ruled that a dentist's refusal to treat a person living with HIV disease is illegal, dental discrimination is still common in Los Angeles. The HIV/AIDS Read more »
Mid-Atlantic ADA & IT Information Center

Questions and Answers: The ADA and Persons With HIV/AIDS

...accommodation. Places of public accommodation include a wide range of entities, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors offices, dentists offices, hospitals, retail stores, health clubs, museums, libraries, private schools, and day care... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dentist Comes Out of Retirement to Treat HIV-Positive Patients

...Dr. Frank Green is giving some Chattanooga-area residents a reason to smile. The 79-year-old dentist came out of retirement last year to treat HIV-infected people who need dental care. Health care officials said Green is the only Read more »
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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 »

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 »

How do you manage your health care?

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...Sampson in Hollywood, seems well intentioned, but I am never physically examined (lungs, heart, abdomen - sort of thing) and he refuses to coordinate care with my hepatologist. I haven't had a proper physical in years. In the UK, my HIV/AIDS... Read more »

Something to mull over...

Posted by Jackie__Blue, 3 Replies
...conscience disclose? It feels almost like a betrayal of what we try to do. What right do they have to ask what they themselves refuse to do? I am saddened. Saddened by the fact that any person still has to feel the need to hide. Sadden by... Read more »