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Pregnancy and infant feeding: Can we say U=U about the risk of passing HIV to an infant?

Can an undetectable viral load eliminate the risk of passing HIV to an infant? This article will examine what we know about the risk of passing HIV through pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding.

13 February 2018
Despite reassuring data, we can’t yet say U=U for breastfeeding

While effective HIV treatment greatly reduces the risk of onward transmission during breastfeeding, it does not appear that the risk is zero, a leading paediatrician told the

22 November 2017
Roger Pebody
No transmissions from breastfeeding in Tanzania cohort from mothers with undetectable viral load

No HIV exposed infants who were negative at birth, whose mothers started ART before delivery, had suppressed viral loads and exclusively breastfed, were HIV positive after breastfeeding, in a rural African cohort.

13 November 2017
HIV i-Base
Women With HIV Breast-feed in Secret

Current guidelines recommend that women with HIV avoid breast-feeding, but some do so without advising their physician and without monitoring for the safety of their baby. However, when a woman has an undetectable viral load, the risk is minimal, according to some specialists.

08 November 2017
Medscape (requires free registration)
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.

25 September 2017
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

18 April 2017
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

05 April 2017
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.

03 April 2017
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.

08 March 2017
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.

01 February 2017
Southern African Litigation Centre
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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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