Evaluation of dentists’ and dentistry faculty students’ knowledge about HIV/AIDS and approaches to the HIV/AIDS patients Background: This study is conducted to measure the knowledge of dentists and dentistry students about AIDS and to evaluate their perspectives, attitudes and behaviors towards HIV-infected individuals. Material and Methods: This study was conducted on Dicle University Faculty of Dentistry 4th and 5th-grade students and dentists. As a result of 2 different questionnaires, evaluations are made on the knowledge of dentists and students about the disease, how they behave towards the patients and their deficiencies. One Way ANOVA test is used for statistical analysis. Results: When the results of the first questionnaire were considered in the evaluation of the data, the most correctly answered question is ‘‘It is not possible to infect HIV to the patient from healthcare provider’ with 93.6%“disagree” response and the most incorrectly answered question is ‘If the patient's HIV antibodies are positive, the patient is absolutely immune’ with 30.8% “disagree” response. Conclusions: According to the surveys and analysis dentists and dentistry faculty students have knowledge about HIV/ AIDS but it is not sufficient. Their negative perception of these patients needs to be worked on. For this reason, HIV infection-related training should be organized for dentists and dentistry students.
AIDS, attitudes, dentist, dental students, HIV