Regular oral health care is essential for health — especially for people with HIV. Inadequate oral health care can undermine HIV treatment regimens and diminish quality of life. People who are HIV-positive need comprehensive and individualized oral health care, yet large numbers of people with HIV have unmet needs for oral health care.
Oral health care to persons living with HIV/AIDS is partially funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Federal funds are awarded to agencies and dental education institutions located around the country, which in turn deliver oral health care to eligible individuals. Funds from all grant programs authorized by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006 can be used to support oral health services.
In addition, three programs, specifically focus on oral health care for people with HIV.
Dental Reimbursement Program funds institutions with accredited dental or dental hygiene education programs to help them defray the unreimbursed costs of providing oral health care to people with HIV. Learn More
Community-Based Dental Partnership Program funds dental schools and other providers to establish clinical rotations for students and residents in community-based settings -- improving access to care for people with HIV and providing hands-on learning opportunities to dental providers. Learn More
Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative (Special Projects of National Significance) funds organizations using innovative models to underserved people who are HIV-positive underserved populations in both urban and non-urban settings. Learn More
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Oral Health Fact Sheet (PDF - 219 KB)
Increasing Access to Dental Care (PDF - 45 KB)
HIV Performance Measures: Oral Health Services (PDF - 77 KB)