HIV and Breast feeding

New research unveiled at an international AIDS conference in France raises the possibility of safe breast-feeding for HIV positive mothers in the developing world. Experts say findings presented at the biggest AIDS research conference of the year indicate that giving babies an AIDS drug from birth through the entire breast-feeding period could reduce the rate of HIV infection through breast milk from about 15 percent of children of HIV infected mothers to about one percent. Programs aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS virus in poor countries involve treatment during pregnancy but stop one week after childbirth. That halves the risk of the babies getting HIV in the womb or during passage through the birth canal, but many of those gains are lost when the infants later contract the virus through breastfeeding. This year's largest scientific and medical conference on HIV/AIDS is being held in Paris. The goal of the conference is to share the latest advances in HIV research and provide a unique platform for the international community to translate the science into action.