Oral Health Services to People Living with HIV/AIDS

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.

Contact Us

If you are interested in supporting our HIV/AIDS Oral Health Program or if you are an individual living with HIV/AIDS and are currently under medical supervision, but need dental care, please contact:

Vanessa Porter
Program Coordinator, Los Angeles County RW Part A Oral Health Contracts
Phone: (310) 794-4348


Dr. Fariba S. Younai
Program Director, Los Angeles County RW Part A Oral Health Contracts

Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Chair, Section of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain
Phone: (310) 794-1093