Dental Treatments to People Suffering from HIV
The University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry has received a two year grant of $2.36 million from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. UCLA School of Dentistry will provide dental treatments to people suffering from HIV. It is a demographic that has a hard time getting oral hygiene treatment. The funds o the grant came from the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that provides funding to programs across the nation to provide support to people with HIV and AIDS who lack financial resources and healthcare.
In Los Angeles County alone, there are around 50,000 to 60,000 people with HIV. The funding will give them access to quality dental care and oral health specialty services. UCLA School of Dentistry will provide dental services to more than 1,000 patients. Services include cleanings, x-rays, extractions, periodontal surgery, crowns, fillings, and examinations.
The dentists will focus on proper oral home care and prevention. Dr. Paulo Camargo, associate dean of UCLA’s clinical dental sciences, said that the dental needs of HIV-positive as well as AIDS patients are complex and extensive. The grant allows the school to provide comprehensive dental treatment to a large portion of the population that would not have access to such care.
Most of the patients who will receive treatment in UCLA will be referred by nearby clinics that specialize in caring for people HIV and AIDS. A patient care liaison will help set up the communication between the UCLA Dental Clinics and the referring clinics. The move helps position dental care as a vital factor of the patients’ overall health.
According to Dr. No-Hee Park, UCLA School of Dentistry dean, the contract from the county of Los Angeles allows the school to provide needed services and work with other health care providers to improve the quality of life of people suffering from HIV/AIDS.