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HIV and Breast Secretions
Aug 9, 2003

I coordinate HIV/AIDS training for a community center in Namibia and recently got a question I have had trouble finding an answer to. Is there any other secretion that can come from a woman's breast, and if so, can that secretion also carry HIV? One of our participants was adamant about secretions coming from a partner's breast who was not pregnant or lactating.

Response from Dr. Jackson

Occasional discharge or secretion can come from the breast of a non-pregnant or non-lactating woman. If the woman is HIV infected, such secretions should be considered potentially infectious for HIV.


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