The Mouth and AIDS: The Global Challenge
21st to 24th April 2009
The participants of the 6th World Workshop on Oral Health & Disease in AIDS, which took place from April 21-24, 2009, in Beijing, China, welcomed the opportunity to assess the evidence relating to the transmission of HIV in the dental setting from oral health care professionals to patients.
The participants from over 25 countries noted and considered the inconsistencies in the regulation of the ability of an HIV positive oral health care professional to continue practice.
Having analyzed the scientific evidence that has become available over the last 20 years, the participants of this workshop conclude that the evidence now supports the view that oral health care professionals with HIV do not pose a risk of transmission to patients in the dental setting. They can continue a career in clinical practice, provided that the following criteria are met:
- The individual is under ongoing care of a suitably qualified HIV health care professional.
- The individual remains aware of their health status and acts appropriately.
- Standard infection control is observed.
- Scientific evidence related to HIV transmission will continue to be reviewed.
Chairman of 6th World Workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS; Department of Oral Medicine, Dental Institute, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom; corresponding author, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adv Dent Res 23(1):6, 2011