The willingness of dental medicine students in handling positive hiv patients

Alya Sahilla Fahri, Nurhana Binti Suhaimi, Balwinjit Kaur Sidhu, Yaaliny A.P. Krishnamurthi, Oretha Patrick Balinu, Mohd Rashid Bin Mohd Abu Bakar, Regina Purnama Dewi Iskandar

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Background: Dental care for HIV positive people plays an important role in increasing quality of life, tolerance and effectiveness of treatment, nutritional intake, and treatment success rates. Therefore, it is important to ensure optimal dental care for this group of people, especially since many of them, with or without knowledge of their serological status, are now using dental services. Purpose: is to assess the willingness of dental students to treat HIV positive people. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted. In the city of Surabaya, there are around 184,000 HIV positive people. This research was conducted in 2019 using a questionnaire designed to obtain information about student demographics, self-assessment of HIV, attitudes toward infection control practices, perceptions of occupational risks, and willingness to provide care for HIV positive people. Results: The response rate is 76.3 percent. More than 77 percent of respondents are in the age group of 19 years to age 25 years. Good knowledge about HIV is only owned by 35 percent of respondents. While around 7.1 percent, showed significant concern about job transmission. Conclusions: From the results of this study, the authors suggest the need for a comprehensive education or motivation program for the next generation of dentists in Indonesia to ensure adequate care for HIV positive people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-756
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Dental Medicine students
  • HIV positive patients
  • Knowledge of HIV-AIDS in Indonesia
  • Willingness


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