This pilot project is proposing to introduce routine provider-initiated screening for HIV infection as one of the potential elements in the well-known and standardized intra-oral and dental examination along with x-rays, charting for caries and periodontal disease, head and neck exam, etc. This 7- month project will focus on localizing the potential dental offices and clinics that serve the downtown and downtown south of Vancouver that target a clientele composed of gay/men that have sex with men (MSM). It will offer all the necessary training and support to the dental offices and clinics Through the length of the project, we aim to support and introduce HIV screening in up to seven dental clinics. The project will also develop education resources for clinical and non-clinical staff and patients.
The HIV Screening in Dental Clinics project is working with key partners to ensure success of the project including:
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Community Organizations of the BCCDC
the British Columbia Dental Association
the British Columbia Dental Hygienist Association
the UBC Faculty of Dentistry
This initiative is funded via the STOP HIV/AIDS Project, a 3 year pilot project aiming to, among other goals, reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS through effective screening and early detection.
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