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August 27, 2010

Confusion on HIV Breast-feeding Policy in Uganda

The World Health Organization says that HIV-positive mothers on antiretroviral medications can breast-feed their babies up to 12 months without transmitting the virus. This recommendation is causing confusion in Uganda, where existing policy says up to three months, IPS reports. Five percent to 20 percent of babies born to HIV-positive women in Uganda contract the virus through breastfeeding. The Ugandan government will discuss whether to adhere to the new guidelines or stay with their existing policy.

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