Dentist Discrimination & HIV/AIDS

Discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS (“PLWHA”) has decreased significantly over the years. The data tracking this trend are neither robust nor comprehensive, yet surveys conducted over the past decade for the purpose of gauging discrimination against PLWHA have shown a marked decline compared with those conducted in the 1980s and 1990s.

At one point, up to 80% of dentists did not want to treat patients who were HIV+ or perceived to be at risk of being HIV+. In addition, an even higher proportion of dentists believed that they had the right to choose whether or not to treat PLWHA. A third of dentists surveyed in 1995 indicated that they were totally unwilling to treat a patient living with HIV/AIDS. Surveys of individuals living with HIV/AIDS largely corroborated the finding that dentists’ offices were… READ MORE