Envisioning the role of Indian dentists in conducting rapid hiv testing for early detection of HIV

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Priscilla C Ngaihte, Anthony J Santellab, Richard G Wattc, Sunil S Rajd and Vindhya Vatsyayane
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Early diagnosis of HIV/AIDS is one of the most crucial aspects for an infected individual, as well as being a key public health issue. Research indicates that there were an estimated 2,088,638 people living with HIV in India and that most of the estimated HIV-infected individuals in India remain undiagnosed. Since a large proportion of the population is present at oral healthcare settings for regular checkups, expanding HIV testing to such settings could benefit patients in terms of early detection and, consequently, more timely treatment. This article assesses the potential role of Indian dentists in conducting rapid HIV tests in the oral healthcare setting and discusses the knowledge and willingness of such healthcare professionals in HIV testing.

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