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Risk Of Hiv And Aids In A Dental Office

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HIV and the Mouth

Other Oral Conditions of HIV Disease The two most common conditions that may not be caused by an infection include dry mouth and small round mouth sores, called aphthous ulcers . Dry Mouth Dry mouth, or xerostomia , is a common condition in HIV disease that may have a variety of causes. HIV disease itself may cause dry mouth because HIV-related salivary disease causes swollen salivary glands (glands in the mouth that produce saliva, or...
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dental offices and patients

I am doing a report on special-needs patients that have HIV/AIDS,could you tell me how a dentist and assistants treat these special-needs patients in a pratice?Any comment is greatly apprecieated.Thanks...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
The practice of dentistry for the vast majority of people living with HIV/AIDS is not any different than treating those who do not have HIV-infection. Special precautions are not necessary. Antibiotic premedication is not necessary unless the person... Read more »

hiv from dental procedure

I have a concern about a dental office visit about two months ago. I went in for a general checkup and to get a cleaning there. The dentist scraped the plaque from my teeth and then left in a bit of a hurry. After this a dental hygienist came in...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThere is not a risk of HIV transmission occurring this way. If the same instrument was used there would have had to be a large amount of blood on it and of course the person prior to you would have had to have HIV. If there were to be HIV on it,... Read more »

Dental Office Equipments

Doctor, I just got my root canal done at a dental office. Before I asked the dentist and his assistant about hepatitics C and hiv transmission, they all said their equiments were cleaned. But I don't know if they change those tubes that suck...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is not necessary to get tested for infectious diseases after visiting the dentist. Dentists and other medical professionals are required to follow certain protocol to ensure that patients are not exposed to infections through medical equipment.If... Read more »

Dental Floss Risk

Hi Shannon,If a HIV + house guest used my dental floss, and I used it 24 hours later, any risks of transmission if he bleeds on it (and I have bleeding gums)? The dental floss I am referring to are ones that have a cap on it (rolled, to use it, one...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiHIV transmission through sharing dental floss after 24 hours is not a risk for HIV. HIV is unable to survive once it leaves the body and is unable to infect. This happens within minutes. For overall health sharing dental floss is not a great idea.... Read more »
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Free dental?

Posted by Benders, 1 Reply
I heard you get free dental in the uk if you have the hiv, does anyone know how true this is? Read more »

UNICEF HIV/AIDS Project Officer - East Timor

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UNICEF HIV/AIDS Project Officer - East Timor
Joe Thomas, East Timor
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UNICEF is actively looking for qualified applicants for this post. Please forward it to anyone you think may be interested. Info and contact e-mails... Read more »

Project Officer: Child focusedHIV/AIDS Interventi

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1. Save the Children - scuk@scuk.netnam.vn

Job Vacancy
Project Officer: Child focused HIV/AIDS Intervention and Management
Project, Vietnam

Save the Children UK (SC UK) is an international development and child
rights agency. SC UK now seeks an... Read more »

Two Potential Risks at Doctor's Office

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I wentto a dentist who did not change his mask in between patients. He had small spots of blood on his mask. Maybe 10 minutes or so went by before he worked on me. The other thing that happened was that my hand came in contact with a wet... Read more »