Now Dental Offices Providing HIV Testing
HIV screening and testing in the dental clinics: The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that causes the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and infects vital cells in the human immune system. HIV Infection spread by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate or breast milk. It feels extreme height of happiness, when it came to know that a routine dental cleaning will now come with HIV test.
It is totally unexpected option that provides HIV test with dental care. In New York City, some dental clinics are offering HIV screening by oral test to patients with fast and low cost service.
The technique ‘OraQuick Advance’ HIV test has examined hundreds of patients with a swab of fluid around the gum. The result of test received in only 20 minutes, it means that now no need for blood test and no wait for 15 days lab report.
According to health care professionals, more than 1 million Americans are infected with HIV. However, 20% of them are unaware that they are caught with HIV. After this new program, many Americans are visiting dental clinics rather than physician at a risk for this disease.
As per Co-author of Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, this type of oral test can detect Human Immunodeficiency Virus and can help a person to take medical care earlier and reduce transmission of the virus. The test costs nearly $12 to $20 range which is not so high. Some dentist of New York provides this test without collecting any fee.
Dental section of Department of Dental Medicine has performed 60 to 80 tests per month in starting days. The department gives both pre and post counselling service of screening. The officials believe that response to test will increase as they are giving training to young dentists or fresh out of school in the technique. Many out of them will bring it to their private practices also.
There are also many hurdles in applying HIV test widespread. Many dentists don’t know about the test, many think that this is out of their course and some believe that there is lack of strong financial incentives to perform because it requires certain additional ability to counsel and it creates extra burden on dentists.
There is also shortage of primary care providers like dentists in United States. It needs more strength to promote it. Most of the young adults believe that a dentist is only a primary care provider to look up.
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