Breast Feeding With HIV Effects On Baby

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AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...What if the father is infected with HIV? Recent studies have shown that it is possible to "wash" the sperm of an HIV-infected man so that it can be used to fertilize a woman and produce a healthy baby. These procedures are effective. However, they are very expensive and not easily available. Use antiretroviral medications: The risk of transmitting HIV is extremely low if ARVs are used in pregnancy and labor, and the mother does not...
Ask the Experts


my husband was diagnosed with HIV nearl 3 years ago. two weeks ago while we were making love the condom broke. My doctor prescribed Aspen Lamzid. Do you think it could help me? I am still breast feeding my 1 year 5 month old baby. please let me know...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...transmission to the exposed uninfected partner. The risk for transmission in that setting is much lower if the HIV+ partner is on effective HIV medication. Often breastfeeding would be discouraged if a significant exposure took place if there is... Read more »

HIV by breast feeding

I am in India. My wife was diagnosed HIV in 2008 with CD4 114. Only possible cause is blood transfusion she had in 1989 just after birth of my son.recently my son is also diagnosed HIV with CD4 275. My daughter who was born in 1994 is negative.As...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...I am sorry to hear about how HIV has impacted your family.It is likely that your son was infected through breast feeding. About 14-17% of HIV transmissions from mother to child happen that way and, if your wife had just become infected at that... Read more »

My baby boy

Hi, I am a foster parent who has already adopted one little guy and we are the working on our second little fella. My wife called me at my office today and told me that she recieved the birth mothers health records. As she looked them over she noted...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...success stories of the epidemic! Studies show that babies are mostly infected during childbirth or breastfeeding. A combination of effective anti-HIV medication (HAART), good prenatal care, and no breast-feeding, guarantees that well over 95 out... Read more »

Can a child contact HIV from a carrier who's "dads friend"? (CASUAL CONTACT, HIV BASICS)

My daughters (5) and her father, is in a relationship with a girl who is a HIV Carrier on medication. Can the virus be given to my child? I want to make sure to protect her from getting it.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...longer, healthier lives, there are many problems associated with them: Anti-HIV drugs are highly toxic and can cause serious side effects, including heart damage, kidney failure, and osteoporosis. Many (perhaps even most) patients cannot tolerate... Read more »
The Body PRO

HIV-Infected Women Who Breast-Feed Face No Greater Risk of Mortality Than HIV-Infected Women Who Formula Feed, Study Finds

...transcript has been lightly edited for clarity. Reference Lockman S, Ghebremichael M, Shapiro R, et al. The effect of breast feeding vs. formula feeding on maternal HIV disease progression, mortality, and micronutrient levels in a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Benefits of Breast-Feeding Might Outweigh Risk of Vertical HIV Transmission in Developing Countries, Studies Say

...Times reports. According to the Times , the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the 1990s came with an unexpected side effect -- the redistribution of body fat that resulted in a thinning of the arms and accumulation of fat in the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Treating Infants, Pregnant, Nursing Mothers With ARVs Drives Down Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

...a 74 percent success rate in preventing transmission through breastfeeding (and the maternal-treatment method was 53 percent effective)" (6/16). Though both interventions were effective at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, study... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Washington Post Examines Effect of Botswana Infant Formula Program Implemented to Reduce Risk of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

...phasing out its infant-feeding programs in 2002. Health officials in Botswana remain "unconvinced" that the formula program is not effective, the Post reports. Health Minister Sheila Tlou said that the 2006 outbreak was a one-time occurrence... Read more »