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General information kindly : has HIV ever been transmitted via dentist performing root canal on patient ?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Documentation

I've yet to see documentation of even one case, but perhaps.
.... As long as your Dentist observes universal Precautions you should have no concerns.

In brief: Documentation

I've yet to see documentation of even one case, but perhaps.
.... As long as your Dentist observes universal Precautions you should have no concerns.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No such case has been reported.

In brief: No

No such case has been reported.
Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably, but...

Many times, the answer to a "has something ever" happened question is YES.
That's because even the rarest things can happen in life, such as "has lightning ever struck the same person 3 times?" In the US, 30 years after the initial AIDS epidemic, we do not think about HIV when we go to a dentist. HIV infections from procedures happened mainly in the past, before strict precautions were universal.

In brief: Probably, but...

Many times, the answer to a "has something ever" happened question is YES.
That's because even the rarest things can happen in life, such as "has lightning ever struck the same person 3 times?" In the US, 30 years after the initial AIDS epidemic, we do not think about HIV when we go to a dentist. HIV infections from procedures happened mainly in the past, before strict precautions were universal.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dr Kepler is answering as a scientist. Your real question is: "will it happen to me?" The answer is: No, it won't.
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

There was one reported case in Florida in the early 90's, the patient's first name was Kimberly, google it for the specifics.
Didn't have anything to do with a root canal.

In brief: See below

There was one reported case in Florida in the early 90's, the patient's first name was Kimberly, google it for the specifics.
Didn't have anything to do with a root canal.
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No Such Case

Has ever been reported.
The normal sterile techniques needed to perform successful root canal therapy would prevent the transmission of HIV or any other disease.

In brief: No Such Case

Has ever been reported.
The normal sterile techniques needed to perform successful root canal therapy would prevent the transmission of HIV or any other disease.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Dr. Robert Douglas
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