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HIV infection and the dentist. 1. The presence of HIV in saliva and its implications to dental practice [see comments]


Aust Dent J. 1994 Apr;39(2):67-72. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been detected in all body fluids. The presence and the detection of HIV virus in human saliva are reviewed. Modes of HIV transmission are discussed with particular reference to the possibility and risk of virus transmission via saliva. This risk is considered to be extremely low. The relevance of this information to the practising dentist is discussed and some practical suggestions in infection control are made.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/PREVENTION & CONTROL/ TRANSMISSION *Dentists *Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional Human HIV/*ISOLATION & PURIF/ULTRASTRUCTURE HIV Infections/PREVENTION & CONTROL/*TRANSMISSION Infection Control Saliva/*MICROBIOLOGY Support, Non-U.S. Gov't JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW REVIEW, TUTORIAL


Information in this article was accurate in September 30, 1994. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.