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NYSDA Foundation to host HIV/AIDS clinical summit

New York—The New York State Dental Foundation will host an Oct. 3 conference here aimed at improving the oral health of people living with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

"Summit on Oral Health Care, HIV and AIDS" will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University Club of New York University.

The conference is open to any interested dentist and all participants will be eligible for seven continuing education credits as well as a voucher for four free CE credits upon completion of a home study course. The summit is being held in cooperation with the New York State Dental Association, New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center, NYU College of Dentistry, PennWell Corporation and Delta Dental.

The program begins with a keynote speech from Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Following the keynote address are two lectures: "HIV Infection Counseling and Testing in the Dental Chair," by Dr. David Reznik, director, Oral Health Center Infectious Disease Program of Grady Health Systems in Atlanta, and president, HIVdent, and Antonio Urbina, M.D., medical director for HIV Education and Training at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York; and "HIV, Smoking and Oral Lesions," by Dr. Joan Phelan, professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, NYU, and Dr. Alexander Ross Kerr, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, NYU.

Participants may also attend two of four breakout sessions. The morning sessions include: "Post-Exposure Prophylaxis in the Dental Setting" by Helene Bednarsh, R.D.H., director, HIV Dental, AIDS Program, Boston Public Health Commission and vice president, HIVdent, and Lyn Stevens, president-elect, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute; and "Infection Control in the Dental Setting" by Kathy Eklund, R.D.H., director, infection control and occupational health, The Forsyth Institute.

The afternoon sessions include: "HIV Co-Mordbidities: Hepatitis and Substance Abuse," and by Sharon Stancliff, M.D., medical director of the New York-based Harm Reduction Coalition, a national organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use and "CDC Projects for Oral-Based Rapid HIV Testing" by Dr. Jennifer Cleveland, dental officer and epidemiologist, Oral Health Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The summit concludes with an afternoon panel discussion of confidentiality and human rights law moderated by Dr. Stephen Abel, dental co-director, NY/NJ AIDS Education and Training Center. Panelists include: Ms. Bednarsh; Carla Hogan, partner, Boies Schiller & Flexner, and NYSDA general counsel; and Dr. Vincent Mandarine, a New York private practitioner.

To register online, visit the Web site www.nysdentalfoundation.org/hivandaidssummit.html or call 1-800-255-2100, Ext. 282.

Cost to attend the summit is $100 for NYSDA members and $110 for ADA members. For all others, cost is $175. Deadline for registration is Aug. 28.