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August 1991

Update: Transmission of HIV Infection During Invasive Dental Procedures—Florida

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(8):1126-1127. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680070024002

Previous reports from an epidemiologic investigation in Florida strongly suggested that three patients (patients A, B, and C) became infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while receiving dental care from a dentist with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ( AIDS).1,2 This report describes findings that suggest HIV was transmitted to two additional patients (patients E and G). These two patients had no other confirmed exposures to HIV, had invasive procedures performed by the dentist, and are infected with HIV strains that are closely related genetically to the strains from the three previously reported patients and from the dentist. In addition, this report describes the epidemiologic and laboratory investigation of another HIV-infected patient of the dentist (patient F).

Patient E  Patient E, a young woman, contacted CDC after the initial report of a possible transmission of HIV in this dental practice.1,2 She denied a history of transfusion, receipt of blood products, or

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