Healthy individuals take so many things for granted, like their ability to be able to see a dentist whenever they want. But things aren’t quite so easy for people living with HIV and AIDS. Seeing a dentist for them can be next to impossible. For years many private practice dentist in cities like Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco refused to treat people living with the AIDS virus.
At one point, in LA, there was such a shortage of dentist willing to treat HIV/AIDS patients that the LA County Department of Health had to set up a dental clinic (a trailer in West Hollywood) to meet the needs of people living with the disease.
But today, thanks to the diligence of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, people living with HIV/AIDS can breathe a sigh of relief, where their dental health is concerned. On August 12, 2013, in downtown Los Angeles, the AHF opened its first oral health facility, which is exclusively for people who suffer with the debilitating AIDS virus. The facility is located next door to the AHF Healthcare Center and is run by a group of expert dentists, dental assistants and ancillary staff.
Services at the dental office include exams, cleanings, x-rays, crowns, extractions and bridges just to name a few. The facility also has special arrangements with both the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC) for more complex issues like root canals.
People with HIV/AIDS are more susceptible to infections than people who do not have the disease so it is extremely important for them to maintain good oral health and have access to expert treatment when necessary. The new AHF Dental Office makes it possible for them to adequately manage their oral health.
If you or someone you know is living with HIV/AIDS and is in need of dental services contact the AHF Dental Office.
AHF Dental Office
1414 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 485
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Monday-Friday 8:30AM – 5:30PM