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Author
WHO - World Health Organization
Title
Rapid Advice: Revised WHO Principles and Recommendations on Infant Feeding in the Context of HIV – November 2009
Description of Work
(NLM classification: WC 503.2)
Imprint
WHO, Geneva, November 2009, 28 pp
ISBN/ISSN
978 92 4 159887 3
Url
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241598873_eng.pdf
Abstract

"WHO recommendations on infant feeding and HIV were last revised in 2006... Significant programmatic experience and research evidence regarding HIV and infant feeding have accumulated since then. In particular, evidence has been reported that antiretroviral (ARV) interventions to either the HIV-infected mother or HIV-exposed infant can significantly reduce the risk of postnatal transmission of HIV through breastfeeding. This has major implications for how women living with HIV might choose to feed their infants, and how health workers should counsel mothers when making these choices. The potential of ARVs to reduce HIV transmission throughout the period of breastfeeding also highlights the need for guidance on how child health services should communicate information about ARVs to prevent transmission through breastfeeding, and the implications for feeding of HIV exposed infants through the first two years of life."

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