Role of the dental surgeon in the early detection of adults with underlying HIV infection / AIDS

  1. Julián Campo Trapero 1
  2. Jorge Cano Sánchez 1
  3. Jorge del Romero 2
  4. Víctoria Hernando 3
  5. Julia del Amo Valero 3
  6. Santiago Moreno Guillén 4
  1. 1 Department of Medicine and Orofacial Surgery. School of Dentistry. Complutense University. Madrid
  2. 2 Sandoval STI Clinic. Community of Madrid
  3. 3 National Epidemiology Center. Carlos III Health Institute
  4. 4 Department of Infectious Diseases. Ramón y Cajal Hospital. Madrid (Spain
Journal:
Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed. inglesa

ISSN: 1698-6946

Year of publication: 2012

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

Pages: 11

Type: Article

DOI: 10.4317/MEDORAL.17527 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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Abstract

A review is made of the late diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, a subject of growing interest in public health. It has been estimated that in Europe 30% of all HIV-infected people are unaware of their seropositive condition, and this in turn is associated with a poorer long-term disease prognosis and an increased risk of transmission to other individuals. The role of the dental surgeon in this context could be of great importance, since there are many oral lesions that can suggest the existence of underlying infection. The study also addresses the controversial subject of rapid HIV testing, and whether these tests should be performed on a routine basis in the dental clinic, or whether it is preferable to refer the patient to a specialized center.

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