Dental Hygiene ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-4-2016


Persons living with HIV have an increased risk of complications and manifestations that may include the oral cavity. They are also more susceptible to dental implications such as dental decay and periodontal disease. Their oral health management is dependent on capable dental providers that understand and comprehend their specific needs. Those providers must also demonstrate ethical and clinical competence in order to provide comprehensive care. Preparing capable dental hygiene providers is essential to their long-term management of their oral health. These foundational skills are developed during their academic years and therefore, this qualitative survey was aimed at gaining student perceived knowledge, prejudices, and willingness to treat this population within a clinical environment. Statistical analysis focused on testing associated relationships of program level with various study questions. Participants were also assessed for their perceptions on their academic preparedness and views on various educational methodologies that incorporate HIV education within their dental hygiene program didactic courses.

Degree Name

Dental Hygiene

Level of Degree


Department Name

Dental Medicine

First Committee Member (Chair)

Christine Nathe, RDH, MS

Second Committee Member

Diana Aboytes, RDH, MS

Third Committee Member

Christina Calleros, RDH, MS




HIV, dental hygiene, education

Document Type