Rapid HIV testing in dental practices

Karolynn Siegel, Stephen N. Abel, Margaret Pereyra, Terri Liguori, Harold A. Pollack, Lisa R. Metsch

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Abstract

Despite increasing discussion about the dental care setting as a logical, potentially fruitful venue for rapid HIV testing, dentists' willingness to take on this task is unclear. Semistructured interviews with 40 private practice dentists revealed their principal concerns regarding offering patients HIV testing were false results, offending patients, viewing HIV testing as outside the scope of licensure, anticipating low patient acceptance of HIV testing in a dental setting, expecting inadequate reimbursement, and potential negative impact on the practice. Dentists were typically not concerned about transmission risks, staff opposition to testing, or making referrals for follow-up after a positive result. A larger cultural change may be required to engage dentists more actively in primary prevention and population-based HIV screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-632
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume102
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Dentists
HIV
Dental Care
Private Practice
Licensure
Primary Prevention
Referral and Consultation
Interviews
Population

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Siegel, K., Abel, S. N., Pereyra, M., Liguori, T., Pollack, H. A., & Metsch, L. R. (2012). Rapid HIV testing in dental practices. American Journal of Public Health, 102(4), 625-632. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300509

Rapid HIV testing in dental practices. / Siegel, Karolynn; Abel, Stephen N.; Pereyra, Margaret; Liguori, Terri; Pollack, Harold A.; Metsch, Lisa R.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 102, No. 4, 01.04.2012, p. 625-632.

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Siegel, K, Abel, SN, Pereyra, M, Liguori, T, Pollack, HA & Metsch, LR 2012, 'Rapid HIV testing in dental practices', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 102, no. 4, pp. 625-632. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300509
Siegel K, Abel SN, Pereyra M, Liguori T, Pollack HA, Metsch LR. Rapid HIV testing in dental practices. American Journal of Public Health. 2012 Apr 1;102(4):625-632. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300509
Siegel, Karolynn ; Abel, Stephen N. ; Pereyra, Margaret ; Liguori, Terri ; Pollack, Harold A. ; Metsch, Lisa R. / Rapid HIV testing in dental practices. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2012 ; Vol. 102, No. 4. pp. 625-632.
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