Infectious diseases in the oral healthcare environment
from Inside Dental Assisting
Sizable segments of the American population are at risk for acquiring a wide range of infectious diseases. Behaviors such as injection drug use, certain sexual practices, and sexual promiscuity are routes of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and C, and numerous other sexually transmitted infections. Transplant recipients and patients receiving cancer chemotherapy and/or immunosuppressive therapy are also at higher risk for developing a variety of infectious diseases. Many Americans are not compliant in receiving recommended vaccinations.
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