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Oral Health Topics

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Key Points

  • Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) predisposes people to certain oral health problems.
  • HIV-positive patients can receive routine dental care.
  • Careful medical histories can capture insight about patients to help identify those who require treatment plans adapted to their unique medical condition(s).
  • Dentists and all staff with direct patient contact should follow Standard Precautions with all patients.
  • Introduction
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Infection Control
  • Dental Care
  • Dental Patient Management
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Additional Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: September 13, 2017


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