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Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan;100(1):88-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.157230.

Dental examinations as an untapped opportunity to provide HIV testing for high-risk individuals.

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School of Social Service Administration, Center for Health Administration Studies, University of Chicago, 969 East 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. haroldp@uchicago.edu

Abstract

We used data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey to examine the potential role of dental care in reaching untested individuals at self-reported risk for HIV. An estimated 3.6 million Americans report that they are at significant HIV risk yet have never been HIV tested. Three quarters of these people have seen a dentist within the past 2 years. Dental care offers opportunities to serve at-risk individuals who are otherwise unlikely to be tested or to receive preventive care services.

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19910351
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PMC2791241
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10.2105/AJPH.2008.157230
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