Knowledge, attitude and practice amongst dental graduates regarding oral manifestation of herpes simplex

Gayathri Karthikeyan., Dhanraj and Suresh.V

Background: Herpes simplex is a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals.There are two types of the herpes simplex virus. HSV-1, also known as oral herpes, can cause cold sores and fever blisters around the mouth and on the face and HSV-2 .the dental clinic is an environment where disease transmission occurs easily.
Aim: To survey Knowledge attitude and practice amongst dental practitioners regarding oral manifestation of herpes simplex.
Objective: To evaluate the awareness about herpes simplex amongst the dental practitioners.
Method: It was a Questionnaire based survey. The survey data was collected from 100 dental graduates from several dental colleges. The questionnaire was divided into 3 parts with section A testing the knowledge of the dental graduates. Section B testing the practice and section C testing the attitude towards treating patients.
Results: From the survey conducted more than 50 % of the dental graduates had a very good knowledge about the disease.59% of the people had a positive attitude towards the disease and their attitude towards treating patients with the disease in this study.The average value for the professional behaviour towards the disease was 78.6% in this study.
Conclusion: The dental graduates, have very good knowledge, they made themselves aware of the preventive measures they have to undertake when treating a patient with herpes simplex.

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