Post-Exposure Follow-Up for Dental Students

  • Report the incident IMMEDIATELY to the Infection Control Officer or the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
  • After filling out an initial report, report to University Health Service. Please do not wait, come in immediately after the incident.
  • Have the Infection Control Officer or the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs talk to the source patient. They will ask the patient to have his/her blood drawn for testing of HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), HIV (the virus known to cause AIDS), or other infectious diseases unless the patient's serostatus is already known to be positive for HBV or HIV. In that case, it will not be necessary to obtain a sample of the patient's blood. Information concerning the patient's serostatus will be provided to the student.
  • The student will have counseling, evaluation, and recommendation for treatment at University Health Service or physician of choice.