Grady Health System, Emory University School of Medicine, 341 Ponce de Leon
Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. Electronic address: Dreznik@HIVdent.org.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV)
are 2 systemic infectious diseases that dental health care professionals can
help identify with the goal of improving health outcomes, addressing health
disparities, and improving the quality and quantity of life. Whether by
identifying suspect oral lesions, as is the case with HIV infection, or
offering rapid screening tests in the dental setting for both HIV and HCV,
the dental team can play an important role in linkage to confirmatory
diagnosis and care.
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