Throughout the course of the HIV epidemic in Los Angeles, the UCLA School of Dentistry has remained committed to providing high quality oral health care to patients affected by the epidemic. Since 2014, special awards provided by the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) under the Ryan White Care Act (RWCA) Part A funds have ensured availability of dental services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
The dental school’s General Dental Clinic provides about 8,000 visits per year for an average of 700 patients with HIV/AIDS. The care provided is comprehensive with a focus on oral disease prevention and consists of general restorative services, periodontal treatment, root canal therapy, extractions, and prosthodontic procedures. Since July 2019, additional RWCA funds have been made available to provide more complex specialty level oral health services such as dental implants.
The UCLA School of Dentistry is dedicated to increasing the number of skilled dental practitioners who are qualified to treat patients with complex medical conditions such as HIV infection.