Oral health training programs increase identification of HIV-infected patients

Frencken , Jo

Radboudumc researchers (photo: Dr Jo Frencken) show in a PLoS ONE paper that oral health training programs for community and professional health care workers in Nairobi East district increase the identification of HIV-infected patients.

Better knowledge and skills for diagnosis and management of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) related oral lesions by primary healthcare workers may increase recognition of HIV-related oral lesions (HROLs) and may improve implementation of HIV testing in Kenya. For this purpose training programs at health facility and community level were evaluated.

The authors show that training programs significantly increased knowledge of primary and community healthcare workers and recognition and management of HROLs but increased neither overall HIV testing rates nor overall percentage of positive tests. The authors speculate that the health system and patient-related barriers seriously limit HIV testing.

First author Lucina Koyio will defend her PhD thesis on 9 April.

Lucina N. Koyio, Wil J. M. van der Sanden, Elizabeth Dimba, Jan Mulder, Nico H. J. Creugers, Matthias A. W. Merkx, Andre van der Ven, Jo E. Frencken (2014). Oral Health Training Programs for Community and Professional Health Care Workers in Nairobi East District Increases Identification of HIV-Infected Patients. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90927. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090927

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