Monthly Archives: August 2013

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

HDA Calling for Auction Donations

Show your support of HDA by donating an item for the 2013 Silent Auction to be held at the 23rd Annual Meeting- Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts on Sep. 27-28th.

The proceeds of the auction will help further HDA’s mission of being the leaders of Hispanic Oral Health providing “SERVICE, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, and LEADERSHIP.”

Below is a list of suggested auction items:

*Airline tickets                                   *Membership vouchers
*Artwork                                            *Jewelry
*Dental equipment & supplies        *Sports memorabilia
*Dinner Vouchers                             *Gift certificates
*Tickets to sporting event                 *Vacation accommodations

Attendees will have the opportunity to view and bid on Silent Auction items for the duration of the conference. Bidding will culminate at our “Celebrando” Closing Celebration on Saturday, September 28, 2013.