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The AETC Capitol Region Telehealth "Power Podcast" series allows you to listen to experts in the field from your computer or mobile device. Designed for the busy professional, you can learn about cultural competence in the treatment of HIV/AIDS from your office or "On-The-Go."

Oral Health: HIV, TB and Smoking: “Addressing Behavioral Health”- Part I

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Case Study

Christina, a 32 year-old Caucasian women who is an IV drug user, has recently been diagnosed as HIV+. Her medical history also includes: pneumonia, mild COPD, hepatitis C and  depression. She is currently taking dapsone, norvir, epsicon, combivir and Cymbalta. Baseline January 2014 laboratory data included HIV VL of 3, 450 copies/mL and CD4 count of 450 cells/mm3. She has been coughing up blood, and has been loosing weight. She was diagnosed with  periodontitis 3 weeks ago during her routine dental appointment.

About the Case Study Author

RambobIsabel Rambob, DDS, received her doctor of dental surgery degree from the State University of Feira de Santana, Brazil in 1997. She completed a one-year Program in Advanced Education in Comprehensive Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry in 2007. She then pursued and completed a one-year Residency Program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Howard University College of Dentistry in 2008.

Dr Rambob served as an HIV/AIDS & oral health preceptor at Howard University College of Medicine from 2009-2010 while simultaneously serving as dental director for the University’s National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center. She was a dental provider at the HIV+ Clinic, and also served as clinical instructor at Special Needs clinic at University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 2009-2012. She then served as dental director at Health Care for the Homeless Maryland from 2010-2011.

Currently Dr Rambob is an assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Dentistry at the Department of General Dentistry; the project director at the Access to Dental Care to Domestic Violence Survivors Pilot Project. She is also a guest lecturer at New York University College of Dentistry, Howard University College of Dentistry and VA Medical Center Baltimore. She has been lecturing nationally and internationally, and has been extensively engaged in numerous community-based activities. Dr. Rambob has been practicing as a general dentist for over 16 years. Her main interests are: oral health in vulnerable populations, cultural factors in patient management, emotional intelligence and patient satisfaction, and dental photography.