The potential role of dentists in HIV screening

Santella, A. J., Conway, D.I. and Watt, R.G. (2016) The potential role of dentists in HIV screening. British Dental Journal, 220(5), pp. 229-233. (doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.172) (PMID:26964593)

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Recent evidence suggests there is a role for the dental team, particularly dentists, in offering chairside HIV screening to patients during dental appointments. HIV is no longer a death sentence with early diagnosis and effective treatment contributing to a good prognosis. Despite the availability of both venipuncture diagnostic and rapid saliva/finger prick screening tests for HIV infection, 25% of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom are undiagnosed and remain at risk of transmitting their infection if having unprotected sex. This paper highlights the international evidence that supports dentists' willingness to conduct HIV screening and dental patient acceptance, and explores whether this is an opportunity or a step too far.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Conway, Professor David
Authors: Santella, A. J., Conway, D.I., and Watt, R.G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Dental Journal
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
ISSN (Online):1476-5373
Published Online:11 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 British Dental Association
First Published:First published in British Dental Journal 220(5): 229-233
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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