Belgian infant contracts HIV via breast milk

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In 2012, a one-year-old boy in Belgium acquired HIV through his mother’s breast milk, a rare but not impossible form of transmission in industrialized countries, doctors say. “Breast milk transmission has been recognized as an efficient mode of mother to child transmission of HIV for almost 30 years,” said senior author Dr. Philippe Lepage. This transmission is common for mothers who were already infected before giving birth in developing countries, but it’s extremely rare in industrialized countries, where HIV positive women are encouraged not to breastfeed, Lepage said.
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