Article | 2023-05-17 02:32:47
Remove Negative Stigma,
Patients with HIV Can Go to The Dentist
Maintaining the health and hygiene of the teeth and mouth by carrying out routine care to the dentist is a necessity for most people, including people with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Unfortunately, there is still a lot of negative stigma circulating in society that makes people with HIV seem isolated and discriminated against. In the end, this makes people with HIV become closed about their health status, even though this open attitude about HIV status is very important for mutual security; so that transmission from patients with HIV to dentists or dental nurses, as well as from patients with HIV to other patients can be avoided by implementing a special treatment plan for patients with HIV. In this article, we will discuss the importance of the honesty of patients with HIV regarding their HIV status to the dentist who will treat them, so that dental treatment can still be carried out safely for all parties involved.
Dental care is a separate spotlight for the transmission of the HIV virus because several dental treatment procedures are considered very risky due to contact with blood, for example teeth cleaning (dental scaling), tooth extraction, and other minor oral surgery procedures. Unfortunately, sometimes dentists in dental clinics are forced to refuse dental treatment for patients with HIV, even though of course it takes great courage for people with HIV to be honest about their HIV status to the dentist who will treat them. This is unfortunate, because refusing to treat patients with HIV is clearly unethical and seems to discriminate against patients with HIV. Therefore, it is very important for dentists to know the management of special dental care for patients with HIV in dental clinics. With a well-prepared special treatment plan, as well as studying the patient's medical history regarding its HIV status, dental treatment can be carried out safely and the risk of blood-borne virus transmission can be minimized or even avoided. People with HIV and being treated with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) are required to have regular checks to determine their viral load and CD4 count in their blood. Viral load is the term used to describe the HIV virus in the blood, the more HIV in the blood (because of the higher viral load), the faster the CD4 count will fall. CD4 is closely related to body immunity, the lower the CD4 in the blood, the greater the risk of someone with HIV becoming sick. This Viral Load test is very important to find out whether the virus is detected or not, if the viral load test results show undetectable results, it means that the person cannot transmit it. The results of this test are usually indicated by "U=U", an abbreviation of undetectable = untransmittable, that is, not detected and cannot be transmitted. If there is so little HIV in the blood that the viral load is undetectable, then there is no risk of transmitting HIV. Knowing the history of the patient's HIV status, especially the status of the patient's most recent viral load test, can assist dentists in determining the right dental treatment plan for patients with HIV.
Removing the negative stigma in society regarding HIV can reduce discrimination against people with HIV. Health services, including dental health services, are the rights of everyone, including people living with HIV. Dentists should be able to equip themselves with the latest knowledge and information about HIV and the management of dental care for patients with HIV, so that dental treatment can continue. Patients with HIV are required to inform their HIV status to the dentist who will treat them, so that the dentist can prepare an appropriate dental treatment plan. BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center has treated several patients with HIV with special protocols and special treatment plans. The open attitude of patients regarding their health status is very important for mutual safety. Dentists at BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center guarantee the confidentiality of each patient's information and privacy. We are aware that having healthy teeth and mouth is the right of all our patients regardless of their health status, all patients deserve the best service and optimal dental care from our professional dentists. BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center is a trusted dental clinic near Kuta and not far from the airport. Don't let dental problems ruin your holiday in Bali, if you are enjoying the beautiful scenery of Ubud and unexpectedly need a dentist, the distance from Ubud to BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center is approximately 35 km. Trust your dental care to dentists at the best dental clinic in Bali of your choice.
BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center
Jl. Sunset Road No.86A, Seminyak, Badung, Bali Indonesia 80361.