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  • Malawi First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs

    President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

    02 September 2014 | AllAfrica
  • Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland

    Lindiwe Dlamini breastfed her first two babies without any problem, but faced a dilemma with the third, or so she thought: “The worst thing that could happen to me is to infect my baby with HIV.”

    07 January 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • HIV+ mothers without ART: when and how should they wean?

    Without antiretrovirals, breastfeeding contributes 28% to the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT). Antiretroviral drugs make achieving he WHO goal of near elimination of MTCT imaginable. But, in the meantime, what advice should be given to HIV+ mothers in those low-resource settings where antiretrovirals are still not available?

    19 June 2013 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Strong impact of weaning on HIV levels in breastmilk: Lusaka study

    HIV RNA and DNA levels in breast milk rose more than 10-fold in response to changes in frequency of infant feeding around the time of weaning, according to results of a 958-woman trial in Lusaka, Zambia. The findings have implications for breastfeeding advice and for maternal antiretroviral therapy (ART) over the full duration of breastfeeding.

    22 April 2013 | International AIDS Society
  • Bottle-Feeding Urged for US Moms with HIV

    American women with HIV shouldn't breastfeed their babies, regardless of low levels of the virus and antiviral treatment, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautioned.

    28 January 2013 | MedPage Today
  • KENYA: Exclusive breastfeeding on the rise

    Kenya has made significant strides in boosting exclusive breastfeeding, even passing a new law banning the promotion of infant formula. Nevertheless, challenges to safe infant feeding - a major part of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission - remain.

    05 December 2012 | IRIN Plus News
  • Breast-milk molecule raises risk of HIV transmission

    Although one type of sugar in breast milk from HIV-positive mothers can boost likelihood of transmission, many other sugars protect against disease.

    03 October 2012 | Nature
  • South Africa: Government formula milk sold for profit

    When branch members from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) noticed that the shops were selling formula milk they informed the TAC Khayelitsha district office. A team from the TAC office went around Khayelitsha and discovered 16 shops were selling formula milk.

    12 September 2012 | Ground Up
  • DNA sequencing confirms HIV transmission through surrogate breastfeeding

    DNA sequencing has provided evidence of HIV-1 transmission from an infected woman breastfeeding her niece in South Africa, drawing attention to infant feeding practices and the need for HIV testing of all breastfeeding surrogates as well as mothers.

    23 August 2012 | Wellcome Trust
  • A compound in breast milk may help to protect infants from HIV transmission

    An international team of researchers has found that certain bioactive components found in human milk, called human milk ologosaccharides (HMOs) appear to help reduce the risk of HIV transmission from an HIV infected mother to her breast-fed infant. A study found that mothers whose milk contained high levels of HMOs were less liekly to transmit HIV to the babies. The HMOs appear to work by promoting growth of protective bacteria in the babies' diegestive systems.

    16 August 2012 | EurekAlert
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