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Antiretroviral regimens drastically reduce breast milk HIV transmission between mothers and babies

woman with child in botswana, antiretrovirals cut the risk of mother-to-child transmission of hiv via breastfeeding

HIV infects an estimated 430,000 infants and children worldwide each year. Although many of those cases are contracted from an HIV-positive mother during pregnancy or birth, some 40 percent of infected children get the disease through breast-feeding. But because of health risks associated with formula feeding—especially in resource-poor regions—the World Health Organization still recommends breast-feeding [...]

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