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Going To The Dentist And Hiv Risk

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Risk of HIV going to the dentist

is going to the dentist for simple oral hygene work a risk for hiv?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. Whether you go to the dentists office for a routine teeth cleaning, to have a cavity filled, or any other dental procedure for that matter, you are not at risk of infection for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, nor... 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 »

Is there a risk with a glass of water at the dentist ?

Hi, thuesday I went to the dentist and at the end she ask me to rinse my mouth with the glass of... 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 »
TheBody.com

New York: Open Wide: Dentists Now Offer Quick HIV Tests

A private dentist in New York City has added a $15 rapid-result HIV test to the routine services offered at the practice. "The topic of HIV can be uncomfortable for some, so we decided we would talk about it with patients in a matter-of-fact way,... 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 »
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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 cleans my teeth and does most of the work. She said no, that there has been no... Read more »

Dentist

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Well just came back from the dentist,thought i'd see what they'd say about my swollen salivary gland.He doesn't think its stones,they did an exray no stones showed.He recomends i get another hiv test seeing i have these symptoms,I guess my 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 he is bound by law not... Read more »

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 »