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Is It Advised That All Women With Hiv Not Breast-feed

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Pregnancy and HIV

How Do Babies Get AIDS? How Can We Prevent Infection of Newborns? Breastfeeding How Do We Know if a Newborn Is Infected? What About the Mother's Health? The Bottom Line How Do Babies Get AIDS? HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be transmitted from an infected mother to her newborn child. According to the World Health Organization, without antiretroviral treatment, up to 30% of babies of HIV infected mothers get HIV. If the...
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breast feeding if baby +ve

Dear Doctors,If is baby tested PCR HIV +ve at birth and again at 4 weeks old, would it not be beneficial for Mother to try to lactate again to breast feed? Is it possible that Mother's HIV has mutated from the time she transmitted her HIV to...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The questions that you raise are good ones but we have very few data to help answer them. While superinfection of the baby is theoretically possible, it is not known how commonly this would occur and how clinically important this would be. However,... 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 time... Read more »

positive moms mixed feeding babies

I would like to know the latest news of mixed feeding, that is breastfeeding and formulas for HIV mothers? Is it safe to mixfeed your baby? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines advise HIV-positive mothers can safely breastfeed their babies for up to 12 months, provided both mother and baby receive antiretroviral therapy for up to one year. Immunologically speaking, six... Read more »

breast feeding and concerned about baby

I am 25y female hiv-, married for two years and my husband is tested hiv+ three months ago. We have 3 months old daughter and I am breast feeding. We had unprotected sex for almost two years(before knowing his status).My husband beleives he got...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
If you tested negative 16 weeks after the exposure, it is highly unlikely you are infected, but if you want the risk of transmission to your baby to be zero, then stop breastfeeding. BJ... Read more »
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PLEASE Advise and HELP!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
To all those that know more than me about hiv. 8 weeks ago I gave oral to a strange woman. Now I am worried about possible exposure!!! The CDC says that there are only 2 cases of CONFIRMED Hiv exposure from cunnilingus. BUT, does the CDC investigate... Read more »

Please advise! G-man, is this conclusive?!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a possible exposure on the 16 th of October 2004, oral sex with a women which the status is unknown of! I had cuts on my hands which were fairly new! I had an elisa at 7.5 weeks after the exposure and tested negative, and took another at 11.5... Read more »

Need Expert Advise Please!!

Posted by macflyer53, 1 Reply
I had sex with a women of (unknown status) I'm a 53/m Three weeks after developed canker soars, fever, loose stools, lost 12 lbs, nite sweats , thrush,and numbness in hands and feet. had a six week Elisa negative, PCR 50 copies 9 wks, negative,... Read more »

My situation - please advise

Posted by onghuilam, 5 Replies
Hi all,

Need some advice. I had slept with a woman (24 years of age) who I had met at a bar - we had penetrative vaginal sex and I had worn a latex condom (which didn't leak or break). However, she also performed oral sex on me twice, during which I... Read more »