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The role of dental practitioners in Provider Initiated HIV Counseling and Testing (PITC) for patients attending dental practices in Harare, Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Mucheto, P.
dc.contributor.author Makoni, F.
dc.contributor.author Mahachi, L.
dc.contributor.author Mahomva, L.
dc.contributor.author Rusike, TAZ
dc.contributor.author Masiiwa, A.
dc.contributor.author Kumbawa, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-26T09:06:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-26T09:06:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Mucheto, P., Makoni, F., Mahachi, L., Mahomva, L., Rusike, T. A. Z., Masiiwa, A., & Kumbawa, R. (2012).The role of dental practitioners in Provider Initiated HIV Counseling and Testing (PITC) for patients attending dental practices in Harare, Zimbabwe. Central African Journal of Medicine, en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0008-9176
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10646/3153
dc.description.abstract Objective: To assess the role o f Zimbabwean dental practitioners in Provider Initiated H IV Counseling and Testing (PITC). Design: A cross-sectional analytic study was conducted. A structured interviewer administered questionnaire was used to collect data from participants. Setting: Harare private and public dental practices. Subjects: Forty dental practitioners practicing in Harare and two hundred and ninety three patients attending dental practices in Harare were interviewed. Main Outcome Measures: Dental practitioners' practices on HIV counseling and testing for dental patients, acceptability of HIV testing in dental settings and missed opportunities for HIV counseling and testing in dental settings were assessed. Results and Conclusion: Half of the dental practitioners (20) interviewed reported offering HIV counseling to dental patients during their clinical duties. The majority 62% only referred their patients for HIV testing when they presented with oral manifestations of HIV infection. Seventy three percent (29) of practitioners interviewed were not aware of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare guidelines on HIV counseling and testing. Eighty seven percent (255) of dental patients in this study reported not being counseled nor referred for HIV counseling and testing by their dental practitioner during their dental visits. More than a third (36.5%) of the dental patients experienced repeated missed opportunities for accessing HIV counseling and testing in health settings. The minimal that the dentists may need to be involved with in PITC is counseling their patients and improve referral for care. There is need for continued medical education for dentists on issues related to new HIV interventions or protocols such as PITC. en_US
dc.language.iso en_ZW en_US
dc.publisher University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences en_US
dc.subject Dental practice en_US
dc.subject HIV counseling en_US
dc.subject HIV testing en_US
dc.title The role of dental practitioners in Provider Initiated HIV Counseling and Testing (PITC) for patients attending dental practices in Harare, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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