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Journal of International AIDS Society Commentary Argues PMTCT of HIV Is Not Enough

December 18, 2009

A Journal of the International AIDS Society commentary proposes interventions aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV should extend beyond prevention to improve the long-term health needs of the mother and child. "Attempts to encourage women to abstain from all breastfeeding or to shorten the optimal duration of breastfeeding have led to increases in mortality among both uninfected and infected children," the authors write. "A better approach is to support breastfeeding while strengthening programs to provide antiretroviral therapy for pregnant and lactating women who need it and offering antiretroviral drug interventions through the duration of breastfeeding" (Kuhn et al., 12/11).

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