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Mother to child antibody transmission
Aug 14, 2001

I have a question regarding breastfeeding. Since HIV testing detects antibodies, is it possible that antibodies are what are passed from an HIV positive mother to child through breastfeeding? Aren't anibodies *good* things?

Response from Dr. Jackson

Antibodies can be passed through breast milk from mother to infant, but so can HIV. Antibodies may help protect against HIV, but they are not 100% effective. Approximately 7% of infants of HIV infected mothers who breastfeed over a year period will become infected so the risk of HIV infection from breastfeeding is high.


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