Anti-HIV drug for infants blocks virus in breastmilk, study says

A labourer breaks tiles as she breastfeeds her child at work in Mumbai, India on June 1, 2015; researchers said November 18 that giving anti-HIV drugs directly to infants as well as mothers can further reduce the risk of transmission in breast milkGiving anti-AIDS drugs directly to infants breastfed by their HIV-positive mothers significantly reduces their risk of contracting the killer virus, researchers said Thursday. Less than 1.5 percent of children, given one of two anti-viral drugs during 12 months of breastfeeding, caught the virus from their mothers, said a study published in The Lancet medical journal. This was the first study to assess the effectiveness of AIDS drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission in infants breastfed for longer than six months.

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