Possible Health Care Professional-to-Patient HIV Transmission: Dentists' Reactions to a Centers for Disease Control Report
Maguire, Bryan T.
JAMA. 1991 Apr 10; 265(14): 1845-1848.
On July 27, 1990, the Centers for Disease Control reported possible transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a dentist to a patient as a result of patient care. We surveyed a random national probability sample of 300 dentists...in August and September 1990 to assess reactions to the report...Respondents tended not to believe the report...Our sample also tended to believe that transmission of HIV from dentists to patients was unlikely in the future...Fifty-one percent...recommended that dentists infected with HIV should discontinue practice, while 38% recommended continuing practice with changes in procedures. Seventy-four percent believed patients should be told if their dentist was infected with HIV. In summary, dentists doubted the possibility of dentist-to-patient transmission of HIV and did not believe the Centers for Disease Control case report, but they did believe infected dentists should refrain from clinical work or modify their practice.
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Possible Health Care Professional-to-Patient HIV Transmission: Dentists' Reactions to a Centers for Disease Control Report Gerbert, Barbara; Bleecker, Thomas; Miyasaki, Cara and Maguire, Bryan T. (1991-04-10)