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HIV-AIDS: What the Dental Team Needs to Know (AGD 130)

Presenter: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA has completely revised this course. The original authors were Janet Tuthill, RDH, MA and Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA


The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV and AIDS) are catastrophic illnesses affecting millions of people worldwide. HIV damages and kills the cells of the body’s immune system by destroying the body’s ability to fight bacterial and viral infections. A person cannot get acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) without first having HIV. AIDS is the end stage of HIV infection. Without the ability to fight infection, the body is compromised and severe damage occurs, often resulting in hospitalization and death. Since there is no effective HIV vaccine, exposure prevention is the main approach to reduce health care professional-associated HIV transmission. Evidence-based information is provided about potential risks of exposure; procedures that promote a seamless response following occupational exposure; and guidelines to establish graduated clinical privileges predicated on the relative viral load of the infected provider and the likelihood of procedure-related provider-to-patient transmission of HIV.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of HIV/AIDS and to update dental professionals on current trends and treatments of HIV and AIDS. With the transient patient populations we see in our offices, patients managing and living longer through their HIV and AIDS illnesses, the dental team must understand the treatment process and disease transmission prevention to best serve our patients.


This course has been updated and revised by Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA
Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA – began her dental assisting career over 25 years ago after graduating from the CODA accredited program ConCorde Career Institute. She spent twelve years working in a private practice where she worked clinically nine years and administratively the remaining three. She then moved onto teaching dental assisting and eventually became director of that program. Overlapping with teaching, Natalie began her tenure with Children’s Dental Services in 2007 in management and currently serves as clinical coordinator responsible for the day-to-day operations at over 600 locations where services are provided throughout Minnesota. Natalie enjoys the challenges of the public health sector and is gratified in serving those that are underserved, especially in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. With over a decade of restorative functions experience under her belt, she enjoys working with professionals new to dentistry as her love for teaching comes into play with the utilization of clinicians to the full scope of their licenses. The clinic keeps Natalie busy with billing management when not at the hospital. Natalie also graduated with a BA in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University in 2005.

Ms. Kaweckyj served two terms as ADAA President (2017-2018; 2010-2011). She remains active on several councils, and serves as a President of the Professional Dental Assistants Educational Foundation (PDAEF). She served as a three-term president for MnDAA and remains as the state business secretary. Natalie has been recognized with several ADAA awards, was one of the first ADAA Fellows in 1999 and became the first ADAA Master in 2004. She has published numerous continuing education courses, over 200 articles and lectures on a variety of dental subjects locally, nationally and internationally. Organized dentistry gave Natalie the insight that you can make a difference as a dental professional, and she was instrumental in seeing licensure for dental assistants come to fruition in MN in 2009 as well as several expanded functions. Her dream would be to see mandatory credentialing become a reality in all states for protection of the public and maintaining integrity of the dental assisting profession.

Original Authors:
Janet Tuthill, RDH, MA
is Director of the Dental Assistant Program at Stony Brook University, School of Dental Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. Her recent publications include research on the role of allied dental health care providers in HIV and diabetes screening as well as issues related to access to care.

Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Education at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne. A DANB Certified Dental Assistant since 1985, she worked in private practice over twelve years before beginning her teaching career in the Dental Assisting Program at IPFW. She is very active in her local and Indiana state dental assisting organizations. Prof. Leeuw’s educational background includes dental assisting - both clinical and office management, and she received her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. She is also the Continuing Education Coordinator for the American Dental Assistants Association.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Describe HIV and AIDS.
• Differentiate active and passive types of immunity.
• Discuss how HIV affects the immune system.
• Identify ways HIV is transmitted.
• Describe oral manifestations common for the HIV positive patient.
• Discuss methods to prevent transmission of HIV.
• Describe how HIV is being treated.
• Describe infection control measures to protect patients, dental healthcare workers and the community.
• Describe confidentiality protocols to protect HIV positive patient information.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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