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For African women with HIV, not breastfeeding is not easy

Healthcare providers need to understand that for HIV-positive African women, following advice not to breastfeed in order to protect their babies from the virus takes a high emotional toll, a U.K. study suggests.

Published
29 January 2016
From
Reuters
Not having enough food linked with lower chances of sustained viral suppression for ART-treated breastfeeding mothers in Uganda

Not having enough food is associated with poorer chances of achieving a sustained viral suppression among antiretroviral-treated breastfeeding women in Uganda, investigators report in the online edition of

Published
12 January 2016
By
Michael Carter
Okay to breastfeed while taking lamivudine or tenofovir: Study

Lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) are safe for breastfeeding women, according to a new review of the evidence.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Consultant 360
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.

Published
02 September 2014
From
AllAfrica
Lopinavir/ritonavir or 3TC PrEP equally protective against infant HIV infection during breastfeeding

Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) or 3TC (lamivudine, Epivir) proved equally protective as infant prophylaxis against HIV infection during 12 months of breastfeeding, Dr Chipepo Kankasa, presenting on behalf of the

Published
10 March 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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.”

Published
07 January 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Women with HIV feel 'under surveillance' during pregnancy and early motherhood

Women living with HIV are subject to questioning, monitoring and surveillance of their choices during pregnancy, childbirth and the early stages of motherhood, according to Canadian research

Published
19 July 2013
By
Roger Pebody
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?

Published
19 June 2013
From
BMJ Group blogs
For African women in the UK, formula feeding has a high social and personal cost

Although most African women living with HIV in the UK do comply with medical recommendations to avoid breastfeeding, doing so comes at a high social and personal

Published
23 April 2013
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
22 April 2013
From
International AIDS Society
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