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Hiv Transmission Via Breastfeeding
Transmission of the HIV virus from mother to her baby:how does breastfeeding effects it compared to bottle-feeding?
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
How to induce transmission of the HIV virus from mother to her baby and how does breastfeeding affect it compared to bottle-feeding?
Maybe: Breast milk may actually kill HIV virus, but babies have been infected while breastfeeding, possibly because of bleeding nipples. If the mother is on anti-retroviral meds, she may be allowed to breast feed. The world health organization has recommended it. Your HIV specialist, gynecologist, and pediatrician can consult together to decide what is best for you. ...Read more
What happens if woman is breastfeeding, and she is unware that she is HIV positive? Is her baby doomed?
No: Although breastfeeding can lead to acquisition of HIV from a mother with the disease it may not, and if she is aware that she is hiv+ after testing she can stop breast feeding. If the baby has become hiv+ there are pediatricians and pediatric infectious disease experts who can treat the baby quite effectively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I cheated on my boyfriend twice and I am a breastfeeding mother and I am afraid i gave my entire family HIV but I am way to afraid to get tested ?
Are small numbers of HIV virus trasmitted by breastfeeding (in the milk or in tiny nipple cracks)?
Yes it is possible: If the mother is HIV positive it is possible for the HIV infection to pass through breastfeeding. In the usa it is not advised for an HIV mother to bf. In the 3rd world the answer is not so clear, as the child might well be more likely to die from malnutrition or contaminated formula than from the HIV in breastmilk. ...Read more
I have a cold sore and am breastfeeding my 1 month old. Does the baby need direct contact with the sore to get infected? I worry about transmission.
In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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