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Why Shouldn't Women With Hiv Breast Feed Their Children

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AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...insemination. How Can We Prevent Infection of Newborns? 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...
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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 »

Having a Baby with Positive Male

Hi I am a 32 year old hiv negative female and my husband is hiv positve is it at all possible that our unborn child be hiv positive while i am still hiv negative
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...infected during pregnancy, 15-20 babies would be infected during labor and delivery; and 10-15 babies would be infected during the breast feeding period; it will be very important for you to remain HIV negative throughout the pregnancy and during... Read more »


If a mother is positive and carrying a baby, are there any chances that a baby could be negative?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...for your post.If a HIV+ woman has a child, about 25-30% of the children will acquire HIV. (More can get HIV later, through breast feeding.)With the use of combination treatments for HIV before the birth of the baby, the risk of infection is... Read more »

parental rights re breastfeediing HIV+ mother, -father

Im a student needing some information on a project I am working on.. topic is Mother vs Father. A +mother is wanting to be part of a medical research study that is doing research on breastfeeding/formula fed HIV+ mother's. The mother is healthy and...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...The risk of an HIV+ mother transmitting to her infant through breastfeeding can be significant. Studies have shown that the risk of HIV infection for an infant of an HIV+ mother who breastfeeds for a year Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Two-Year Morbidity-Mortality and Alternatives to Prolonged Breast-Feeding Among Children Born to HIV-Infected Mothers in Cote d'Ivoire

...Recherche Medicale Unite in France and colleagues conducted the study from 2001 through 2005 among 557 infants born to HIV-positive women in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. After their infants were born, the women, who underwent prenatal antiretroviral... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Risk of Vertical HIV Transmission in Developing Countries Greater for Infants Not Exclusively Breast-Fed, Study Says

... HIV-positive women in developing countries could reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their infants if they exclusively breast-feed rather 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

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

...foods, including formula and solids, that can damage the lining of an infant's intestines. In addition, putting an HIV-positive woman on a combination of antiretroviral drugs can reduce the risk of transmission through breast-feeding to less... Read more »
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Scared i will never have babies.

Posted by Benders, 3 Replies
I'm really scared i won't have babies. I mean i know i can't concieve the natural way and i can get over that but what about the expense that goes along with the other way, i know i'm never gonna be rich and babies cost alot to say the least, i... Read more »

Conference on Women

Posted by Anonymous
...If you live within the NYC area there is a women's conference on Sat. that will answer these questions if anyone knows the answer. I sure hope they've been practicing their "I Read more »

any babies infected by breast milk?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Would someone know how many if any babies hiv infected by breast milk? Read more »

Debtex, please come in .

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...decide whether I could breast feed the baby. This has been consuming my life and I am really scared to pass the virus to baby by breast feeding. Please help me, is there a chance I get infected? Is there any test I can do right now to be sure? ... Read more »