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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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)625-632
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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