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Breast Feeding
Jul 19, 2002

I understand a HIV can be passed to baby via mother's breastmilk...

I had an encounter with woman I did not know where I briefly sucked on her nipples. I called CDC and they said if she was lactating it was possible I could be infected? I dont understand term lactating? her nipples were not very large actually were very small how can i tell or can i if she was lactating? how long does a woman lactate after having a baby?

Is the risk here high if she was lactating?

Appreciate your time in answering this question.. thks

Response from Dr. Jackson

HIV can be transmitted through breast feeding but the risk is very small. Only about 7% of babies become infected over a year's period when breastfeeding a few times per day. So one breastfeeding episode would be very low risk especially since you do not remember the presence of milk or whether she was HIV infected or not. I wouldn't worry about it or get tested to settle the issue.

BJ


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