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Title: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: jackofalldre on December 31, 2019, 05:08:17 pm
Greetings,

I'm looking for a new dentist in the Atlanta or Decatur area, and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for one?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: MadDog125 on January 02, 2020, 11:59:22 pm
Just curious but have you actually had issues with your previous/current dentist???  I was worried after my dx my dentist of 12 years would drop me.  He told me none of them should deny a paitient.  The only question I was asked was about treatment status.  At least that what my DDS said.
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: leatherman on January 03, 2020, 06:26:43 am
find out the Ryan White funded clinic that serves your area and give them a call to ask what dentist they recommend/refer their patients to ;)
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: Bhall4 on January 03, 2020, 09:47:43 am
Just curious but have you actually had issues with your previous/current dentist???  I was worried after my dx my dentist of 12 years would drop me.  He told me none of them should deny a paitient.  The only question I was asked was about treatment status.  At least that what my DDS said.

This is my worry.  I really like my current Dentist, but i just recently received my diagnosis.  I need one more major procedure, but once I tell them Iím afraid they are gonna say they can no longer see me. So, do I go through the stress of telling them (which if I stay with them, Iím going to tell them) OR just find an HIV friendly dentist and move on.
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: jackofalldre on January 03, 2020, 02:23:42 pm
I haven't had any issues at the dentist when I disclose my status. I have a preference for dealing with medical professionals who may be more familiar with HIV and any side effects
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: MadDog125 on January 03, 2020, 10:48:00 pm
I was stressed myself, at the time I pushed back a standard cleaning 2 months over the dx.  In the end it was unfounded concern.  My experience with medical professionals in general has been totally positive.  The area I live in is far more red neck than modern liberal.  Medical professionals have been just that professional, with far more bedside manor than I expected.  My dentist was more worried as to how well I tolerated my drugs than about the infection.

It's up to you, I know how it can be.  I lived in the deep south myself for a time.  I think particularly with him being a dentist which is still a medical professional you will be pleasently surprised.
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: Bhall4 on January 03, 2020, 11:28:13 pm
I was stressed myself, at the time I pushed back a standard cleaning 2 months over the dx.  In the end it was unfounded concern.  My experience with medical professionals in general has been totally positive.  The area I live in is far more red neck than modern liberal.  Medical professionals have been just that professional, with far more bedside manor than I expected.  My dentist was more worried as to how well I tolerated my drugs than about the infection.

It's up to you, I know how it can be.  I lived in the deep south myself for a time.  I think particularly with him being a dentist which is still a medical professional you will be pleasently surprised.



Thatís my concern... Iím in the DEEP DEEP south!
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: harleymc on January 04, 2020, 06:14:54 pm
The idea.of.moving.on from your current dentist because.of fear is not about HIV it's about your internal mental state.

To move on. If you've received poor care or bee. Refused care is another matter andxwould warrent a co.plaint to the board that licences dentists.
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: jackofalldre on January 08, 2020, 08:07:02 pm
find out the Ryan White funded clinic that serves your area and give them a call to ask what dentist they recommend/refer their patients to ;)

Thank you for the suggestion
Title: Re: Looking for an HIV friendly dentist in Atlanta
Post by: leatherman on January 09, 2020, 07:53:55 am
Thank you for the suggestion
you're welcome.

Right now because I live in SC but get my HIV treatment through a doctor in NC (who is not knowledgeable of the doctors in my area), I often call the local RW clinic here in SC when I need to find a specialist or get a referral.

Iím in the DEEP DEEP south!
I have gotten a lot of medical services (dentists, surgeons, EMTs, etc) in both Carolinas and Ohio over the last 30+ years of living of with HIV. Never once in all those years has a doctor ever not served me properly and ethically or had an issue with me being HIV positive.

Most intake forms list HIV or have a write-in space, so I have always included that up front. While most of my doctors knew relatively little about HIV, CD4s and VL, I was especially pleased by one allergist and one surgeon who both knew about HIV and actually asked me first about med adherence and UD status. Of course, I still was a bit of a surprise to them as neither of them had met someone who has lived with HIV so long. To be honest though I wasn't as surprised. It seems no matter what doctor I see, the first appointment still becomes a teaching moment.  ;)

I also think that understanding your own health and how HIV affects you is a huge advantage to stopping stigma. I don't give people, especially doctors, the opening to disrespect me because of what is just another medical issue.

dealing with medical professionals who may be more familiar with HIV and any side effects
are you adherent to meds? Are you UD? are you in fair health? If so then there's no special reason to find a dentist with HIV experience. Whatever is happening in your mouth isn't HIV-related.

really that's an important message to keep in mind. When you're UD and have cd4s at least >200 then quite often HIV has little impact on your health and the issues you experience are more likely due to another medical issue, or as what happens more and more as the years go by, simply getting older.