Women on HIV Treatment Are Increasingly Open About Breastfeeding

Women on HIV Treatment Are Increasingly Open About Breastfeeding

The findings seem to conform with a growing call among experts and women living with HIV for greater communication between clinicians and HIV-positive women about their breastfeeding intentions. This is especially true in light of Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U), the fact that people with a durably undetectable viral load don’t transmit HIV via sex. U.S. federal guidelines continue to recommend against breastfeeding by women with HIV but now urge clinicians to discuss the available data and risks and benefits of breastfeeding with their patients. There had never been a national study of breastfeeding among women with HIV in Germany. “The increasing number of [women breastfeeding] reflect a growing need for normality in the context of HIV and pregnancy,” wrote Haberl and colleagues.

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