Testing for Hepatitis B: Current information indicates that there is a potential risk of transmission of Hepatitis B from practitioner to patients in the clinical dental setting. Therefore, applicants will be required to be tested for Hepatitis B surface antigen by Student Health Services at Western. Applicants who test positive for Hepatitis B surface antigen will be tested for Hepatitis B "e" antigen and Hepatitis B viral DNA to help determine infectivity risk. If Hepatitis B "e" antigen and/or Hepatitis B viral DNA is positive, the offer of acceptance will be withdrawn and registration to the DDS program will not be completed. Should a student's HBV serostatus change, his/her eligibility for admission could be reassessed.
Students and applicants to Dentistry are further advised that, if they should have HIV-related health problems, Hepatitis "B" or other infections, their ability to practise dentistry safely and competently may be affected.