HIV-related Precautions

Oral HCP have both a moral (ethical) and legal obligation to treat HIV-infected patients within the scope of their practice.37,38 Standard and Transmission-based Precautions are effective to prevent exposure to blood or OPIM and constitute the primary strategy for the prevention of healthcare-associated transmission of the HIV in all healthcare settings.27,39 Specific issues related to the dental management of patients with HIV infection are discussed elsewhere.37-41