No longer 'written off' - Times have changed for the BBV-infected dental professional

J. Bagg*, K. Roy, L. Hopps, I. Black, D. Croser, C. O'Halloran, Fortune Ncube

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There is a recognised potential risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) from infected healthcare workers to patients during exposure prone procedures (EPPs). The restrictions placed on performance of EPPs by infected clinicians in the UK have had a particularly significant impact on dentists because of the exposure-prone nature of most dental procedures and the difficulties in identifying alternative career pathways in the profession that do not involve EPPs. More recently, the significant positive impact of antiviral drugs on viral load, together with a re-categorisation of EPPs in dentistry have resulted in evolution of the guidance with a consequent significant improvement to the career prospects of dentists infected with BBVs. This paper provides an update for practitioners on the progress that has been made and outlines the current position with respect to practice restrictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2017


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