Transmission of HIV from mother to infant depends on many factors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.379c (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:379
  1. Marge Berera
  1. Editor Reproductive Health Matters, London EC1M 3JB

    EDITOR,—I was disturbed at the many unfounded assertions about preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to infant in Philip Steer's review of recent advances in obstetrics.1 He asserts that transmission rates could be halved if women did not breast feed. This oversimplifies a very complicated reality, in which transmission to infants depends on many other factors as well; women who have HIV related illnesses may be at high risk of transmitting HIV to their infants whether they breast feed or not.

    Secondly, Steer asserts that caesarean section …

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