Several years before HIVdent's debut on the
Internet, Jim Maddox, HIVdent's original Internet designer, and I spent many
hours discussing how to make our thoughts/concepts a reality. We had no idea
that our conversations would lead to the establishment of one of the premier
health sites on the Web. As we approach the 20th anniversary of HIVdent's
launch, much work is left to do. We hope that you find the new lay out of
HIVdent more user friendly and enabling for those who are living with HIV
disease as well as those that are involved in their care.
Jim's dedication to this project, combined
with his talent and creativity, was the driving force behind the scenes
enabling the Faculty of HIVdent to carry out our mission. Without Jim's
altruism, the HIVdent Internet project would not have come to fruition. Jim
spent endless, uncompensated hours working towards our goal of facilitating
oral health care for persons living with HIV disease. Regretfully, Jim passed
away several years ago. His legacy lives on through HIVdent.
The Staff of the Oral Health Center,
Infectious Disease Program, Grady Health Systems:
Dr. Judy, Dr. Tony, Dr. Johnson, Sheral, Londa, Sonya, Tamesha, Kaedian,
Jessica, Kenya, Brandee Mary Jo, Spencer and Hugh.
Special thanks to Shirley Youngs, Jerry
Smith, John Booher, Marilyn Curry, Helene Bednarsh and Jacque Muther
The HIVdent Warm Line Response System
In 1989 I had a patient present to my office with what I now
know to be Necrotizing Ulcerative Periodontitis. His major complaints were
that he had "deep jaw pain" and was waking up with blood in his mouth. I
scaled and root planed his mouth, but a few days later he called to inform me
that the symptoms were unchanged. I had recently read an article by Dr. John
Greenspan on the oral manifestations of HIV. I felt that if anyone would know
what to do in a case like this it would be he, so I called and left a message.
John took the time to call me back , at the time a private
practice dentist in Atlanta, listen to my presentation, and give me the
information I needed to help this patient. This was the first of many times I
took advantage of John’s knowledge. Since then I have always had the
philosophy that if someone takes the time to seek out my advise, the least I
can do is return their phone call and help, much the same way that John helped
me in 1989.
The Warm Line Response System was inspired by those early
phone conversations. It is our intention to continue this tradition of sharing
knowledge to benefit others.