Short Bites: Tongue and Mouth Issues in COVID-19 Patients

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

CHICAGO (Feb. 12, 2021) – The American Dental Association (ADA) has been tracking developments of tongue and mouth issues COVID-19 patients experience since early on in the pandemic. Oral health is an important and vital part of overall health, and the ADA is continuing to examine the connection between the two as it relates to COVID-19.

Short Bites: Unmasked Patients-Conflicts, Accommodations, and Common Sense

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Even before COVID-19 inexorably changed social and clinical protocols, dental offices dealt with patients who claimed to “know better” than their providers when it came to health risks. From unvaccinated patients to incomplete health histories, failure to cooperate results in ethical and legal challenges for dentists. In today’s practice environment, these challenges also include navigating interactions with patients who simply refuse to wear face masks.

Short Bites: HIV Oral Health and COVID-19

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The relationship between oral health and overall health has been well established for many comorbidities including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

We are still learning about COVID-19 and how it affects people living with HIV. Based on limited data, people with HIV who are on effective HIV treatment have the same risk for COVID-19 as people who do not have HIV.

HIV-related Journal Articles by AETC-Affiliated Researchers and Faculty, 2019-2020

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

We close out 2020 by recognizing the productivity of the AETC community despite this year’s challenges and setbacks. In addition to restructuring and reimagining their clinical settings and AETC-related programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AETC members were also researching and reexamining HIV care continuum interventions and healthcare models. The following is a compilation of peer-reviewed studies, and other publications, produced by AETC-affiliated researchers and faculty published during 2019-2020. This list represents the work beyond the walls of the AETC Program.

Short Bites: Personal Protective Equipment Optimization

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Friday, December 4, 2020

With the number of Coronavirus cases surpassing 7.3 million and 210,000 deaths in the United States, dental offices continue to be faced with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Surge capacity refers to the ability to manage a sudden increase in patient volume that would severely challenge or exceed the present capacity of a facility. While there are no commonly accepted measurements or triggers to distinguish surge capacity from daily patient care capacity, surge capacity is a useful framework to approach a decreased supply of PPE during the COVID-19 response.

Short Bites: Report Finds COVID-19 Rate Among Dentists is Less than One Percent

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Friday, December 4, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2020 — Although assumed to be at high risk for COVID-19, fewer than one percent of dentists nationwide were found to be COVID-19 positive, according to a first-of-its-kind report in the U.S. based on data collected in June 2020. The result is far below that of other health professionals in the U.S. In addition, 99 percent of dentists are using enhanced infection control procedures such as screening protocols and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients.

Addressing the HIV Outbreak among People with HIV and the American Indian Community: MATEC Minnesota's HIV Practice Transformation Project Successes

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Native American Community Clinic (NACC) in Minneapolis has been highly successful in integrating HIV care into their Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Minnesota has eleven sovereign American Indian (AI) nations1, and the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis (where NACC is located) has the third-largest urban AI population in the United States2.

Integrating Behavioral Health and Clinical Care to End the HIV Epidemic among Black Men who have Sex with Men

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) are more affected by HIV than any other group in the United States. In spite of recent incremental progress to reduce the rate of increase in new HIV infections, Black men continue to account for the largest proportion of new HIV diagnoses among MSM.

AETC Interprofessional Education Training: Shifting Gears in the Time of COVID-19

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northeast/Caribbean (NECA) AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC) found itself in need of a massive shift in its training methods. Within a matter of days, we were faced with shifting all of our in-person learning sessions to an entirely virtual format.