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
...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 any other bloodborne disease. Dentists and their staff are... 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 »

Dentist of Death

Dr. Bob, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for asking the type of question that you get all the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

...patients immune systems are strong enough to tolerate the required treatments, said Williams. Extra care is taken to reduce the risk of transmission. We use gloves, drapes, disposable instruments, and we have an extensive sterilization system,... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

'Open Wide'?

...cannot deny services to persons living with HIV-disease because they fear that they or their staff might become infected. The risk of a health care worker being infected by treating an HIV-positive patient is too small for the law to recognize... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...cases of HIV transmission from performing oral sex on a person infected with HIV. While no one knows exactly what the degree of risk is, evidence suggests that the risk is less than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex. If the person... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...with men, often without any knowledge that they are at risk, prevention efforts in women must focus on increasing awareness of risk and routine diagnosis. Early diagnosis is critical to the prevention of HIV and AIDS. We know that identifying... 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 »

Oral risk?

Posted by Iregret, 2 Replies
...my regret is killing me, I could not stop thinking that I might contract HIV. started to go through the web looking for the risk of such behavior sitting in front of your computer did not help, I was not concentrating on my job nor my family,... Read more »

Has anyone gotten HIV this way?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... Has anyone ever gotten HIV from a doctor visit? I realize the case in florida with the dentist is one such instance, but any others? I know I sound crazy but I am worried that my doctor intentionally infected me with a Read more »
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