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Benefits of Oral HIV Testing in the Dental Chair
Promising Practice

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Promising Practice
Resource Subtopic: Oral Health, HIV/AIDS

Year Developed: 2012

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Outreach Staff

Language: English

Developed by: National Network for Oral Health Access (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: This promising practice describes how the Columbia College of Dental Medicine in New York developed an iniative to conduct HIV testing in the dental clinic.

Resource Details: This document explains how oral HIV testing provides an important service to the individual patient and to the public. It is very important for every individual to know their HIV status to protect themselves and others. Many individuals are HIV positive and do not know it. While many of these individuals visit the dentist regularly, they do not visit a physician regularly. There is a tremendous opportunity to screen people during a dental visit in a discreet setting.

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