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Breast-feeding by Women With HIV Disputed

A controversy being debated around the world — whether women living with HIV should breast-feed — was in the spotlight here at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Medscape (free registration required)
Study shows that HIV-positive nursing mothers in London can struggle to obtain and afford formula milk

Many HIV-positive nursing mothers in London are struggling to meet the financial costs of formula feed, according to research presented to the recent conference of

Published
18 April 2017
By
Michael Carter
PrEP should be given to all breastfed babies, researchers say

An international group of researchers involved in the ANRS 12174 randomised controlled trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for infants say that it is high time

Published
05 April 2017
By
Gus Cairns
British Mothers With HIV Are Going Hungry To Pay For Formula Milk

Breastfeeding risks infecting the baby and, according to a new report, mothers living in poverty are sacrificing their health to avoid it. “I have to skip eating lunch to save for food in the evening,” a mum of three told BuzzFeed News.

Published
03 April 2017
From
BuzzFeed
Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

Megan DePutter on why undetectable does not equal untransmittable in the case of breastfeeding, but why women should be supported to make an informed choice anyway.

Published
08 March 2017
From
Positive Lite
Malawi High Court Affirms Human Rights Approach to Criminalisation of HIV Transmission and Exposure

The appellant is a woman living with HIV who was convicted of negligently and recklessly doing an act which is “likely to spread the infection of any disease which is dangerous to life” under section 192 of the Malawi Penal Code for accidentally breastfeeding another person’s child. Her conviction and sentence have been overturned and set aside.

Published
01 February 2017
From
Southern African Litigation Centre
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use by Breastfeeding HIV-Uninfected Women

In our study we wanted to understand whether drugs currently used for PrEP are excreted into breast milk and then absorbed by the breastfeeding infant in clinically significant concentrations when taken orally by their HIV-uninfected mothers to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV.

Published
29 September 2016
From
MedicalResearch.com
A ‘formula for success’ to support mothers living with HIV

When condoms and syringes are given out for free why is formula milk not? On International Women’s Day we want to take the opportunity to highlight this unmet need.

Published
08 March 2016
From
NAT
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
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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