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Dentist Working With Hiv Positive Patients

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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
Hello,I 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... Read more »

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... 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 »
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 »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Why Your Dentist Needs to Know About Your Facial Fillers

In the early 2000s, facial wasting -- the loss of the fatty layer just under the skin on the face, particularly in the cheeks -- was a real concern for people with HIV on anti-HIV therapy. With its signature sunken cheeks and resulting gaunt... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado: Dentist's Office Gives, Brings Smiles to Patients Living With HIV/AIDS

The Howard Dental Center (HDC) on Capitol Hill in Denver has been serving the dental needs of people with HIV/AIDS since 1994. Its name honors Dr. John Howard, a dentist who treated seropositive patients before his 1988 death from AIDS at age 55.... Read more »
CDC National Prevention Information Network

Pennsylvania: Dentist Suspended, Patients Face HIV Testing

This article was reported by WNEP-TV (Moosic, Penn.) . WNEP-TV reported that Pennsylvania state health officials have suspended a dentist in Shamokin after finding that he did not follow appropriate procedures to clean, disinfect, or sterilize 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 »

our clinic needs a dentist

Posted by ckeown
I work for a dental clinic with a large HIV client base. The staff is great the patients are wonderful and the pay is ok. We are in need of a new dentist in the Phoenix area if you know one or are one please let me know Read more »

Dentist required Phoenix area

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I work for a dental clinic with a large HIV client base. The staff is great the patients are wonderful and the pay is ok. We are in need of a new dentist in the Phoenix area if you know one or are one please let me know
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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 he is bound by law not... Read more »