HIV Stigma and Oral Health Care

HIV Stigma and Oral Health Care

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dental patient
A 2016 survey on patient perceptions of HIV stigma found that HIV-negative patients perceived more HIV-related stigma than HIV-positive patients perceived. Results suggest that the general population continues to place considerable stigma on being infected with HIV.

The study was carried out in the Rutgers University Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funded dental clinics. Study authors speculated that the HIV-positive patient cohort may have reported lower levels of stigma because they "did not experience a significant degree of stigma" and that "this cohort might have been biased towards a sense of approval and acceptance" given measures taken by the clinics to minimize stigma concerns. 

See “HIV Stigma: Perceptions from HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Patients in a Community Dental Clinic” by Steven Toth, Jill A. York, and Nicholas DePinto.

See our resources on Oral Health and learn about the new Oral Health Collaborative Forum for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program.