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OSAP 2014 Symposium - Infection Control in Dentistry - Then, Now and What's Next

OSAP 2014 Symposium: Moving Forward to a Safer Tomorrow in Dentistry

TITLE  Infection Control in Dentistry - Then, Now and What's Next

DESCRIPTIONIn December 1987, dentist Dr. David Acer treated Kimberly Bergalis. In May 1989, Ms Bergalis began to show symptoms of AIDS and was diagnosed with the disease in December 1989. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would eventually identify a total of ten HIV-positive former Acer patients, and link the infections of six to their dentist.

This panel will address the impact of the Acer case on public perceptions of dentistry and infection control and describe early efforts to assess the risk of HIV transmission in healthcare settings before and immediately after the Florida investigation.

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) was founded about the same time and has become a global advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. Learn from past lessons to help ensure a safer environment in the future.


SPEAKER(S)Mary Chamberland, MD MPH

Harold Jaffe, MD MA FFPH

Don Marianos, DDS MPH

John Molinari PhD



After attending this program, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the results of early investigations of HIV transmission from healthcare providers to patients.
  • State dental infection control precautions recommended to minimize HIV transmission risk to patients
  • Identify different epidemiologic approaches to assess the risk of HIV transmission in healthcare settings
  • Discuss OSAP’s role and efforts for informing and educating dental professionals about HIV and other bloodborne pathogen risks.
  • Discuss OSAP’s role for training infection control specialists for dentistry.
  • Use current principles of infection control to minimize potential infection transmission of new or emerging pathogens based on lessons learned from past experiences.


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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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