A new study released today by the Williams Institute found that five percent of dental offices in Los Angeles County have a blanket policy of refusing dental services to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
The study also found that an additional 5% of dental providers would treat PLWHA differently than other patients in ways that could potentially violate anti-discrimination laws. Examples of such different treatment include only providing the most basic of services to PLWHA, such as a cleaning, or only treating them on certain days of the week or in an isolated room.dental implants London….”Thirty years into the epidemic, HIV-positive patients continue to face discrimination when accessing dental care,” says study co-author Brad Sears, Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law and Executive Director of the Williams Institute. “While it is definitely encouraging that 90% of dentists in Los Angeles County do treat HIV-positive patients, it is likely that the rate of discrimination is higher in other parts of the country.”cosmetic dentist London …The study used trained “testers,” researchers who called dental offices posing as potential new HIV-positive patients, to measure the level of HIV-discrimination. In total, 612 dental offices in Los Angeles County were contacted in 2007 and 2008. Calls to the offices were made in English and Spanish, and by callers who said they had private dental insurance as well as Denti-Cal, a dental benefit tied to California’s Medicaid program (that was largely de-funded in 2009).
The study also found that the rate of dentists having unlawful blanket policies of refusing service to PLWHA is lower than that of other health care providers that have been previously studied. Similar studies of health care providers in Los Angeles County conducted by Sears between 2003 and 2006 found that 55% of obstetricians, 46% of skilled nursing facilities, and 25% of plastic surgeons had such policies….read more
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