Dentists and Risk of HIV

E. J. Neiburger, Dinah Seiver, Victor Badner, Bryan Maguire, Edy H. Lucas, Barbara Gerbert, Benjamin Lee, Robert S. Klein, Joan A. Phelan, Katherine Freeman, Gerald H. Friedland, Norman Trieger, Neal H. Steigbigel, Charles Schable

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To the Editor: The information in the report by Klein et al. (Jan. 14 issue)1 hit the dental community like a firestorm when it was first presented at a meeting last June. Instead of emphasizing the intended message of low risk to dental personnel, the trade media and many public health officials used the 1 dentist out of 1309 professionals who was reported positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as evidence that the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) could be contracted through the skin by a dentist who was not wearing gloves.2 Multiple needle sticks and other factors were downplayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-114
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 14 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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