The New York Times’ Jeff Jaffe reported on Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a set of new guidelines for doctors and nurses to follow to protect patients from contracting HIV from HIV-infected needles.
These guidelines, issued Thursday, recommend doctors not give new HIV medication to patients who have not been infected with the virus.
The CDC also said it will not allow patients to be given new HIV drugs until they have been tested for HIV.
“I am very concerned about the fact that we are now in a situation where a new drug can come on the market and be given to patients without testing and without testing being in the hands of the person being treated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told the Times.
Fauchi’s statement comes after a report earlier this week by the Wall Street Journal found that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has not approved the use of a new HIV drug to treat a person with HIV.
NIAIDs director Dr. Daniel Aaronson told the Journal that the agency’s new guidelines are intended to ensure that patients receiving the drug are being treated correctly.
The NIH has been trying to prevent the spread of HIV for years, Faucs warning comes as a growing number of states are considering a measure to make it easier for people to get HIV medication.
According to a report from the Associated Press, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Wednesday that would make it more difficult for people who have tested negative for HIV to get new HIV medications without a trial and without being tested for the virus themselves.
The new law, which takes effect in July, would require people who are HIV-positive to take a test before being allowed to get the medication.
The measure has been criticized by health advocates and many experts.
“The message here is that you can get the drug, but it will take time and you will have to take precautions,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco.
“It’s really not a very good approach.”
The CDC has been warning doctors and health care workers about the dangers of giving new HIV treatments to patients in a letter to state health departments in late April.
The letter warned that patients with HIV who are given the drugs without testing would likely transmit the virus to others in their community, which could make them more likely to spread the disease to others.
In an op-ed published on Thursday in the New York Post, New York State Health Commissioner David Chiu said the new guidelines were necessary to prevent patients from being given new drugs without a test.
“These new guidelines go well beyond protecting people who might have been infected, but they also require that we not make it even more difficult,” Chiu wrote.
“We must remain vigilant, but we must also be careful to be compassionate.”
In response to the CDC’s new guidance, the National Nurses United union issued a statement on Friday that said the agency has been putting out false information about how to help people who’ve contracted the virus and urged the public to be vigilant.
“There are many health care providers and patients in New York state who need to be informed that new drug approvals have not gone through and that new drugs are not approved for use in this state.
The fact that our union is not getting that information is a clear example of how much misinformation has been disseminated,” said Nancy Northup, president of the union, in a statement.
“The public deserves accurate information about new drugs, including when they’re being used, and how they’re making their way through the approval process.
NNU strongly urges the FDA to immediately and immediately halt this new FDA guidance and the further delay it is causing to patients and their families.”
According a report by CNN, New Yorkers have been dying from new HIV infections since the beginning of the year, with a record number of cases reported across the city.
A report released on Wednesday by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) said that the number of New Yorkers who have HIV has increased by nearly 1,400 percent since December of last year.
The organization said that a total of 3,890 New Yorkers died of HIV in 2016.