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Veterans Hiv From Dentist

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ohio: Veterans Administration to Test 535 Dental Patients for Infections

At least 535 patients of a Veterans Affairs dental clinic in Dayton will be offered free testing for blood-borne infections after it was discovered that a dentist there failed to change gloves or sterilize instruments between patients. The veterans... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Veterans Affairs: 5th HIV Case Linked to Unsterile Equipment

On Friday, the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that seven more hepatitis infections and a fifth HIV infection were discovered among patients exposed to unsterile endoscopic equipment at three VA hospitals. Of nearly 11,000 veterans who... Read more »
American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Reaches Settlement for Veteran Denied State Department Contractor Job Because He Has HIV

Washington, D.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has reached a settlement on behalf of a U.S. Army veteran who was denied a security job with U.S. State Department contractor Triple Canopy, Inc. because he has HIV. According to the ACLU, the... Read more »
Ask the Experts

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. I'll be having just a checkup and a cleaning. I'm wondering if it is necessary, or perhaps even required,that I inform the dentist that I am HIV+...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct: all health care professionals use "universal precautions" to prevent the transmission of bloodborne disease to patients and vice versa. Personally, I would recommend disclosing your status to your dentist. This is... Read more »


I recently went to the dentist to have a regular cleaning procedure done. Almost to the end of the procedure, I realized some brownish stains on the dentist's surgical mask. It looked like dried blood or could be makeup, I could not determine...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
There is no risk here. This is not a way HIV can be transmitted.DW... Read more »

Dentists specializing in HIV patients

Newly infected in Phoenix, AZ and am unable to find a dentist to treat me. Can you help. ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.I'm certain that you'll be able to fine a good dentist in Phoenix. While I don't know of anyone there by name, I'd suggest that you ask your HIV specialist or AIDS Service Organization for their... Read more »

my dentist has tested positive for HIV

I found out my dentist has tested positive for HIV. Should I report the story to someone?...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Yes. Your dentist. Don't believe anything about anyone's HIV status unless it comes directly from them. Then ask all the questions you can about why this might bother you. Listen to your dentist's answers. I hear a lot of questions... Read more »
Connect With Others

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 »

Question to all the veterans in this forum

Posted by Nelson44, 3 Replies
It is me again...

From your experience being in this forum and otherwise how
many people have infected with the HIV virus from one single
exposure due to a condom failure? and if how long the ARS
symptoms supposed to last? Read more »

veterans vs. newbies...let the fists fly.....

Posted by Lovinlife, 2 Replies
I have been reading a lot of posts back and forth where the veterans bash the newbies and then somebody tries to throw in a neutral post to the effect that the veterans really have all the info.
But--here's a thought--HIV has changed quite a bit... Read more »

Need a Dentist

Posted by Anonymous
My friend needs to find a dentist in the San Francisco Bay Area who is HIV friendly (since my friend has HIV). Anyone know of such a dentist? Or know of a dentist referral program?

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