Monday, February 22, 2010

Peter, how do I find an HIV-friendly dentist?

[Peter Pointers is here 4 YOU, as a service to LifeLube readers - whatever question you may have regarding sexual health, physical health, mental/emotional and spiritual health - ask him. He will find the answers you are looking 4. helped by a team of experts. Below is a recent Q&A you may be interested to read.]
Question:  Hi Pete -  had a question about HIV Dentist friendly offices. I've been HIV since 1987. I've hesistated visiting the dentist in years, since my dentist moved away some years back. Thus far, I've attempted to find a new dental office, but once I mention I'm HIV. They give me a cocked eye, excuse why they can't treat me or just don't return my calls. I have dental insurance, so I don't understand what's up.

Answer: Thank you so much for your question.  I am so sorry that you have had such negative experiences with dentists in the past.  Let's see what we can do to help you out for the future.

Thank you so much for your question.  I am so sorry that you have had such negative experiences with dentist in the past.  Let's see what we can do to help you out for the future.

After talking with some of my colleagues, I have gathered a small (and sure not to be exhaustive) list of HIV-friendly dentists around Chicago.

To begin, Chicago Pride magazine lists the "Spang Center for Oral Health" as the Midwest's only dental center for people with HIV, AIDS or TB that provides care based on ability to pay.  More information can be found here.

Also suggested by some of Howard Brown Health Center's Case Managers are:

Dental Profile at 4445 N Pulaski. Telephone: (773) 279-9977

Dr Glenn Ulfers at 3759 North Southport Avenue. Telephone: (773) 525-2606. Check out his website.

Lastly, a personal recommendation from an HIV-positive friend who loves his dentist is:

- Dr. Ramin Medhat.

55 East Washington Ste 3200

(312) 726-5205, website.

Dr. Medhat is located downtown and the Northwest side, involved in the community, and said to be "totally cool."

Be well,
Peter Pointers

1 comment:

  1. Check out the dental schools' clinics and the dental schools' clinics' websites.

    By the way the comment mechanism on this needs to be set to work faster, and easier!


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