Human immunodeficiency virus infection transmitted through breast milk

Indian J Pediatr. May-Jun 1997;64(3):415-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02845217.


Perinatal acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus is responsible for most cases of pediatric AIDS. Breast feeding has been found to carry a higher risk of transmission of HIV and is not recommended to HIV infected mothers in the western world. In our country we have to be aware of the increasing incidence of pediatric AIDS and the varied constellation of symptoms it can present with. Also, we have to ensure that safe blood is available to avoid transfusion acquired diseases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding / adverse effects*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • HIV Infections / etiology
  • HIV Infections / therapy
  • HIV Infections / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical*
  • Male
  • Milk, Human / virology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prognosis