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September 5, 1990

CDC Ponders New HIV Guidelines

JAMA. 1990;264(9):1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450090011001

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THIS MORNING, officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) can get to work on new Recommendations for Prevention of HIV Transmission in Health-Care Settings. September 4 was the deadline for comments and suggestions that came out of the CDC Consultants' Meeting on Prevention of Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens to Patients During Invasive Procedures.

That meeting, held in Atlanta, Ga, August 13 and 14, followed a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that noted the first "Possible Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus to a Patient during an Invasive Dental Procedure." (See page 1092.)

Representatives of medical and dental specialty societies, local and federal government health and regulatory agencies, hospitals, law and ethics groups, labor, academe, the armed services, and others met to review current policies and practices with an eye toward making any needed changes given new knowledge about the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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