A review study of knowledge on HIV/AIDS prevention in dental practice in India
Introduction: AIDS is a highly lethal, progressively epidemic viral infection that destroys the immune system, increasing the individual’s susceptibility to further oral infections. With time, it has emerged as one of the most serious public health problems.This fact emphasis the need of up-to-date knowledge and awareness of the oral health care professionals who serve these communities.
Aim & Objectives: This review article aims to assess the prevalence of Human immunodeficiency virus in dental practice in India. It focuses on the knowledge of HIV/AIDS amongst dental professionals of India and the effect of the same on the goal of providing quality dental care to the patients with HIV/AIDS.
Methodology: A comprehensive review was undertaken by searching the Google, Pubmed, Research Gate on line, for research articles published between 2010 and 2016.
Results: General awareness of HIV, according to a recent study published in Indian Journal for Dental Research among a sample of Indian dentists appears to be low. The review highlights that the Indian dentists are less well prepared for their future task of treating patients with HIV infection and AIDS and highlight a need for further education.
Conclusion: The results of the present study revealed that Indian dentists have deficiencies with respect to their knowledge and amount of information received on HIV and AIDS related topics.
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