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HIV risk to mother while lactating

Question: 

6 months old infant is HIV positive. The breastfeeding lady is HIV negative. We know that infants have immature immune so the saliva will have HIV. Question: While lactating can HIV be transmitted from baby's saliva in woman's blood via milk stream?

Request you to please also provide some scientific justification along with your answer.

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

Yes, there is a risk of HIV transmission for child-to-breastfeeding woman.

To best answer your question, I have provided a link to the following scientific article: A Review of Evidence for Transmission of HIV From Children to Breastfeeding Women and Implications for Prevention .

As the article states, "transmission likely occurs as a result of breastfeeding contact during a period of epithelial disruption, such as maternal skin fissures and/or infant stomatitis."

I would encourage you to read through this article whereas it should answer many of your questions.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org