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Why Shouldn't Women With Hiv Breast Feed Their Children

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The Well Project

Talking With Your Children About HIV: HIV Awareness for Children

Table of Contents Introduction The Facts About HIV Starting the Discussion Talking to Children of Different Ages Taking Care of Yourself Related Info Sheets by The Well Project Introduction HIV is a tough subject for parents, guardians, and caregivers to discusswith their children. However it is important that all families have thisdiscussion. There are many reasons you may want to discuss HIV and AIDS withyour children: you...
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mother diagnosed with full blown aids breast feeding infant

My cousin died in September of 2000 she never knew she was infected, all along she was breast feeding her child one day she fell sick and was diagnosed with full blown aids in July and passed away in September of the same year my question is what...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The child that was breast fed is at risk for HIV infection and should be tested for HIV; JLS.... Read more »

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 »

shouldn't more people be worried about HIV?

I was wondering how many philandering questions you get. I am in a faithful relationship. my fiance has never given me a reason to question his fidelity, not even the slightest bit. I have never cheated. how many questions do you get related to an...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Shouldn't more people be worried about HIV? Well, rather than more people being worried about HIV, I prefer more people being just more aware and knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS. That way they would protect themselves and prevent further HIV... Read more »
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I knew I shouldn't have.

Posted by donottrust, 2 Replies
First of all I would like to thank you The Body for being such a resourceful place to obtain information about HIV/AIDS. I have learned a lot here. And thank you for whoever will contribute to this thread.

I am a girl. Mid 20s. Have a pretty health... Read more »

Survey: HIV- women desiring children with HIV+ man

Posted by Poppy
BAPAC, Bay Area Perinatel AIDS Center is conducting an online survey for HIV- women, desiring to have children with an HIV+ male partner. The goal of this survey is to collect data which will be useful in educating couples, physicians,... Read more »

HIV+ women who want to have children

Posted by Anonymous
I am a journalism student in the Boston area writing about some of the issues that HIV-positive people face today, and I am hoping to briefly interview women in the U.S. (especially Massachusetts) about the decision to start families or not. If you... Read more »

casting women HIV+ San Francisco

Posted by Anonymous
CASTING CALL: WOMEN HIV+ ages 2150
FOR HIV/AIDS PRINT ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN ($1,500.00)


The Blackwell Files, a REAL PEOPLE casting agency in San Francisco, is holding a casting call for women HIV+ (FDA required) ages 21 to 50 years old, who would... Read more »