Knowledge practises and attitudes towards HIV positive and AIDS patients among dental auxiliaries
Kaimenyi Jacob T.
Ndung'u, F L
MetadataShow full item record
The purpose of this study was to assess knowledge. practices and attitudes towards HlV positive and AIDS patients amongst 71 dental auxiliaries using on a self administered questionnaire.6. (91.5%)returned the questionnaire. In general, respondents' knowledge was fair. 87.7% dentistry as practised in Kenya today carries a high risk of transmission of HIV primarily because of improper sterilization of instruments 72.3% had changed their sex habits since they became aware of the dangers posed by Indiscriminate sex. Over 67 % used gloves and masks routinely when assisting in the management of AIDS patients. Over 33% did not use protective eye wear and protective covers on operatories routinely because they were not provided by the employer.27.7% felt that AIDS and HlV positive health workers should stop treating patients. 64.6% advocated that the cost of buying materials and equipment to prevent cross infection be met by the patient and the employer or dentist. 23.1 % supported the idea that HIV positive and AIDS patients be isolated from uninfected individuals. In conclusion, a substantial number of dental auxiliaries were wanting in their knowledge. practices and attitudes towards "IV positive! AIDS patients