‘We’ve just lost a great friend’: A dental assistant program for HIV patients

A dental school in India has decided to close its doors for good amid mounting HIV infections, as more people in the country seek help from a program aimed at providing dental care to people who are already HIV positive. 

 The Dental Health Academy of India, a program set up to help people with HIV, has faced mounting problems and has closed several times in the past few years.

“We have been in existence for nearly five years and we are just closing,” Kalyani K. said.

In January, the program faced mounting criticism from some quarters, who pointed out that the students were underpaid and that many of the dental assistants were not qualified to work as dental assistants. 

“The students who have been working there are not qualified,” said Nirmal Singh, a resident student at the school, according to the Hindustan Times newspaper.

“I don’t think the dentists should be working with HIV-positive people.

That is not the way to do dentistry.”

In a letter to the community, the school said it was closing the program because it was “increasingly in need of the support of dentists and the community”.

The letter also said that the dental program had been unable to maintain its current number of students, adding that it had recently closed the DHA (Dental Institute of India) for the second time in the last six months.

The school, which is located in the eastern city of Jaipur, is part of the Indian government’s National Dental Research Centre (NDRRC).

India is the second largest economy in the world and the country is home to more than 2.5 million HIV-infected people, according the United Nations.

The prevalence of HIV in India is estimated to be around 0.8%.