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02-5631-20035: HIV/AIDS: Updated Review and Clinical Considerations

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits (2 CEs).
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Published: October 2012
Updated: July 2020
Expires: August 2023
Pages: 36
Course Instructors: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the definitions and differences between HIV and AIDS.
  • Understand etiology and epidemiology of the disease.
  • Identify major clinical manifestations including major oral lesions associated with HIV/ AIDS.
  • Review treatment options and appropriate referral protocols.
  • Use appropriate Universal Precautions and strict infection control.
  • Know best practices and protocols for post-exposure reporting.
  • Understand the role of the entire dental team in management of the medically complex patient.

Course Description

For many years, a diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS was a death sentence. Then the highly effective, anti-retroviral medications were discovered. Despite all the advances in precautions and treatment, the HIV virus and the infections it causes continue to be greatly feared. Significant efforts have been made by researchers and clinicians to increase our knowledge of HIV, its infections, and effective prevention and treatment since viruses were first identified in the 1980s. The massive public health efforts have helped to reduce the fear that initially gripped the U.S. The general public and health care workers have benefited from this collectively gained knowledge. These topics were selected for dental team professionals for their continuing education yet it is up to each individual dental professional to adhere to their state’s licensing requirements.

About the Author

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 2.00
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