To investigate reports of nondisclosure of HIV-seropositivity to dentists by HIV-infected patients and their rejection for dental treatment.
An anonymous self-administered questionnaire was completed by 101 consecutive consenting HIV-infected patients.
Eighty percent of respondents (mean age, 36 years) had visited a dentist since their HIV diagnosis ; 15% of these reported that they had been refused treatment because the dentist did not want to treat HIV-infected patients.
Rejection was reported by 25% of respondents with heterosexual and 14% with homosexual risk factors, 11% of recipients of blood or blood products, and 8% with unknown or multiple risk factors.
Refusal was not associated with economic factors.
Nondisclosure of HIV-seropositivity to their current dentist was reported by 13% of respondents.
No respondents attending hospitals or health units reported nondisclosure, compared with 18% of respondents attending private dental offices (p<0.05).
More research is required with a larger sample to improve generalizability and to permit subgroup analysis.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Homme, Dent pathologie, Information, Dentiste, Refus, Soin, Relation soignant soigné, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Human, Dental disease, Information, Dentist, Denial, Care, Health staff patient relation, Canada, North America, America, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0068794
Code Inist : 002B06D01. Création : 199608.