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HIV tests at the dentist office could reduce disease spread


Some dentists not only check your teeth, but also take a swab along your gum line to test for HIV. And a new way of offering the test may boost its acceptance in patient's eyes, dentists say. Dentists hope the practice can reduce the number of people who are infected with HIV and don't know it, and in turn, decrease disease spread. "Why not offer the testing at a dental clinic and be another portal of entry to the system," said Calix Ramos-Rodriguez, a dentist at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Because by doing so we can catch people that are HIV positive really early in the game; we can really save lives," Ramos-Rodriguez said. more

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