Daniel S. Berman, MD; Barry D. Wenglin, MD
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To the Editors: We are astonished by the conclusion reached by Ciesielski and colleagues (1) that the small risk for being infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should not deter patients from seeking necessary dental care. This advice seems to contradict their own results.
Although deviations from recommended procedures of infection control were noted, none could reasonably have been expected to cause the high rate of transmission of HIV from this dentist (5 of 1100 patients or 0.45%). Considering only those patients who had invasive procedures, the rate is even higher.
No one with sound reason would choose to have
Berman DS, Wenglin BD. HIV Transmission in a Dental Practice. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:793–795. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-9-793
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(9):793-795.
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