Review of HIV/AIDS for Dental Professionals

About this Course: 
This course discusses the most common oral manifestations among patients with HIV/AIDS, their clinical appearance, and their underlying etiologic factors, which can reach a pathogenic state during HIV/AIDS-induced immunosuppression. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the current epidemiology of HIV/AIDS. 
  • Review the basic pathogenesis of HIV as it relates to the CD4+ lymphocyte. 
  • List the modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS and the methods to prevent its transmission in the dental environment. 
  • Identify the most common oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and their impact upon dental treatment. 
  • Describe the medical management of HIV/AIDS and its implications for oral health and the prognosis of this disease. 
  • Discuss the dental treatment modifications that may be necessary for patients with HIV/AIDS, especially during the advanced stages of immunosuppression. 
About the Author:
Mark Szarejko, DDS, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1985 and Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994. He has been an examiner for the State of Florida Dental and Dental Hygiene Licensure Examinations since 1994. He has also served as an expert witness for the State of Florida and for private companies. He has authored and edited many dental continuing education courses and has given presentations on varied dental topics to local, regional, and national audiences. He has served as a dentist in the county correctional system for nearly one-half of his career, in which the incidence of HIV/AIDS is much higher compared to that of the general population. The surgical and nonsurgical dental treatment of the HIV/AIDS patients is a common occurrence in this setting and allows him to have a unique perspective in the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS patients and in their dental treatment.

AGD Subject Code - 755

How to Receive Credit
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  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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