On October 3, 2008, NYUCD cosponsored a full-day conference aimed at improving the oral health of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The conference was sponsored by the New York State Dental Foundation, in partnership with the New York State Dental Association, NYU College of Dentistry, New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center, Penn Well Corporation, and Delta Dental.
NYUCD faculty speakers included Dr. Joan Phelan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine, and Dr. Ross Kerr, Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine, who copresented a lecture entitled "HIV, Smoking, and Oral Lesions."
Information on oral-based, rapid HIV testing was presented by Dr. Jennifer Cleveland of the Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. David Reznik, President of the Web-based HIV information service, HIVdent.
A pilot study is currently underway at NYUCD to determine the feasibility of offering HIV testing to patients on a routine basis.