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Public health professor Anthony Santella speaks during an AIDS conference in Bali, Indonesia.

Anthony Santella, DrPH, associate professor of public health at the School of Health Professions and Human Services, was recently a plenary speaker and panel chair at the World Workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS, an annual international conference that brings together clinicians and scientists from more than 30 countries with the aim of improving health for people with AIDS. This year’s event was held in Bali, Indonesia from September 13-15, 2019.  

His plenary presentation, “HIV Testing in the Dental Setting: A Global Perspective of Feasibility and Acceptability,” summarized findings about the role of dentists and dental hygienists in conducting rapid HIV testing and the willingness of dental patients to receive an HIV test during their dental visit.  His research, which will be published next year in the journal Oral Diseases, has been funded in the United States, Australia, China, India, Vietnam, and most recently, England.

 Dr. Santella also chaired a conference panel, “HIV Testing: What, Where and How?” which included a discussion of current advances in HIV self-testing diagnostics, how HIV testing has expanded beyond the specialist setting, and the barriers that exist internationally to HIV testing.

More recently, Dr. Santella was one of four honorees at the Hispanic Counseling Center’s 42nd annual gala at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY, where he was recognized for his talent, vision, and accomplishments in public health and his exemplary service as a public health educator.

Dr. Anthony Santella poses with Gladys Serrano, CEO of the Hispanic Counseling Center and a member of the Master of Public Health Community Advisory Board.

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