• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Mark Szarejko, DDS
Peer Reviewer(s): C. Mark Nichols, DDS
Item#: L0869
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
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A Review of HIV/AIDS for Dental Professionals

Reg. Price $19.95
Sale $17.95
Item # L0869
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Release Date: January 22, 2018

Expiration Date: January 21, 2021

With nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, it is very likely that dental professionals will encounter patients with HIV/AIDS in their practice. Dental professionals will therefore need to be familiar with the many facets of the disease process and its oral manifestations.This intermediate-level course begins with a foundational review of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS, the modes of transmission, and methods of prevention in the dental healthcare setting. Dental treatment considerations for patients with HIV/AIDS, when necessary, highlight patient-tailored treatment modifications and proactive medical consultation that may be required before any dental treatment. Clinicians must remain updated in the dental and medical treatment concerns of this complex disease process.


California Dental Professionals -  This course does not fulfill your infection control requirement.

AGD Subject Code: 752

Course Objectives

  • Describe the current epidemiology of HIV/AIDS.
  • Review the basic pathogenesis of HIV as it relates to the CD4+ lymphocyte.
  • List the modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS and the methods to prevent its transmission in the dental environment.
  • Identify the most common oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and their impact upon dental treatment.
  • Describe the medical management of HIV/AIDS and its implications for oral health and the prognosis of this disease.
  • Discuss the dental treatment modifications that may be necessary for patients with HIV/AIDS, especially during the advanced stages of immunosuppression.

Mark Szarejko, DDS, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1985 and Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994. He has been an examiner for the State of Florida Dental and Dental Hygiene Licensure Examinations since 1994. He has also served as an expert witness for the State of Florida and for private companies. He has authored and edited many dental continuing education courses and has given presentations on varied dental topics to local, regional, and national audiences. He has served as a dentist in the county correctional system for nearly one-half of his career, in which the incidence of HIV/AIDS is much higher compared to that of the general population. The surgical and nonsurgical dental treatment of the HIV/AIDS patients is a common occurrence in this setting and allows him to have a unique perspective on the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS patients and on their dental treatment.

C. Mark Nichols, DDS, received his dental degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston in June of 1982. He was in private practice in the Houston area for five years. In 1987, he began working at the Bering Dental Clinic (HIV dedicated), volunteering more than 750 hours during the initial phase of the clinic. Dr. Nichols is currently the Director of Dental Services for Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, the Dental Director for the South Central AIDS Education and Training Center, and is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of General Dentistry at the dental school in Houston. Since 1987, Dr. Nichols has seen over 13,000 patients infected with the AIDS virus and has focused his efforts on the treatment of AIDS-related oral pathology. He has presented continuing education courses in Mumbai, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Caracas, Venezuela, and in several cities in the United States. Dr. Nichols has authored manuscripts in JADA, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and European Journal of Cancer.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.