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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 618-630

Knowledge and attitude about HIV infection and aids among dental professionals in Bengaluru City - A questionnaire study


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, Bommanahalli, Bengaluru, India
2 Dean and Director, Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, India

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S Naganandini
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, Bommanahalli, Bengaluru
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Introduction: Diagnostically dentists may detect the first signs of HIV infection as HIV infection associated lesions may appear in or around the mouth. There is little evidence of how best dentists are prepared to assume ethical and professional responsibility to prevent the spread of the HIV infection. This study was undertaken to assess knowledge & attitude about HIV infection & AIDS among dental professional in Bangalore city. Material & methods: The data was collected from 550 dental professionals by administering a specially designed proforma. Knowledge & attitude of the dental professionals was evaluated using a Likert scale. Results & conclusion: Of the 550 respondents, 57.09% (n = 314) were male dental professionals and 42.19% (n = 236) were female dental professionals. The age ranged from 23 to 65 years. Most of the respondents, 79.3% (n = 436) were practicing dentistry for less than 10 years. In this study overall knowledge score of the dental professionals was better compared to their overall attitude score. HIV related knowledge and attitude to treat HIV infected or AIDS patients were best predicted by age and number of years in practice.


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