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Knowledge of pregnant women on transmission of HIV infection through breast feeding

F Kasinga
Curationis | Vol 31, No 3 | a1016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v31i3.1016 | © 2008 F Kasinga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2008 | Published: 28 September 2008

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F Kasinga,, South Africa

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Abstract

Although breast-feeding is nature s way of providing nutrition to the baby, in HIV positive mothers this has been identified as one of the means through which HIV infection is transmitted from the mother to the child. In Africa where children under the age of 5 are killed by preventable diseases like diarrhoea, the issue of HIV transmission through breast feeding poses an added huge problem. Research has, however shown that exclusive infant feeding, be it breast or formula, reduces the risk substantially. It is imperative that mothers be informed about safer methods of infant feeding so that HIV infection is kept to a minimum.

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