The other day I was assisting a dentist at the clinic at the clinic I volunteer at, and we treated a patient with AIDS. Now, I've always understood that in dentistry, treating an AIDS patient will be bound to happen, and that contraction of the disease from a patient is just one of those extremely rare risks that come with the job. I've accepted this and still desire to pursue dentistry (I'm entering dental school in the fall). But I guess since this patient was pretty much the first person with AIDS I've ever encountered, let alone interacted with in a dental setting, I was just taken aback and couldn't help but think of potentially contracting AIDS or any other non-curable disease via needle prick, accidental cut with the drill, etc. I guess I'm wondering how real is the possibility of this ever occurring? Do you dentists have this thought in the back of your mind as well when you are treating patients, let alone AIDS patients, etc? How often will a typical dentist prick himself or cut him/herself with a drill during their career? (I apologize if these questions seem ridiculous) I have no intentions of ditching my dental career plans, no matter what your responses maybe. I know that with the exposure and education I'll receive while in school on such clinical situations and precautions, I'll feel more comfortable. but I'll admit at this moment I have these worries in the back of my head. should I be worried? Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.