Summary

The occupational risk of becoming infected with HIV in oral healthcare settings is extremely low; yet, the emotional impact of a potential HIV exposure in the oral healthcare setting (e.g. needlestick injury, splash) can be substantial. Oral HCP must be knowledgeable about the potential risks of occupational exposure and the importance of post-exposure management strategies. Clear, written procedures related to prompt reporting, evaluation, treatment, follow-up, and administrative controls should provide for safe care in oral healthcare facilities.

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