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Health professionals need more information on vertical transmission of HIV

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:239
  1. Dominique Florin, fellow (
  1. Primary Care Programme, King's Fund, London W1M 0AN

    EDITOR—I agree with Nicoll et al that breast feeding is a significant factor in the vertical transmission of HIV.1 It is therefore worrying that Whittet et al found that 9% of general practitioners in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham responding to a questionnaire thought that breast feeding should be actively encouraged in women who are HIV positive, and 17% did not know what advice to give.2 It would be interesting to conduct similar research among midwives and health visitors, …

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