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Have There Been Cases Of Hiv Being Transmitted From Dentist To Patients

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DOC, thank you for reading this....I CAN'T SLEEP. I haven't been tested for HIV. I've been sexually active (oral sex) for the last five years. Let's assume I'm positive, I know it's unlikely, but let's assume it....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"Let's assume I'm positive. I know it's unlikely, but let's assume it." WHAT???? Dude, why assume anything when it's so incredibly simple to know one way or the other with a simple rapid HIV test??? Results... Read more »


I recently went to the dentist to have a regular cleaning procedure done. Almost to the end of the... Read more »

How to find a dentist without worry of HIV transmission

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Sudden Drop Observed in Transmitted HIV Drug Resistance Among Cohort of Recently Infected San Francisco Patients

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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 »
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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Trends in Reportable Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States, 2006

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ARS Patient cases

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Primary HIV Infection Case Presentations
The following cases illustrate the complexities involved in recognizing and correctly diagnosing primary HIV infection (PHI). Extensive lab work, but also thorough history taking, is required. Patient 1 was... 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 cleans my teeth and does most of the work. She said no, that there has been no... 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 »

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 »