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South Africa: Government formula milk sold for profit

When branch members from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) noticed that the shops were selling formula milk they informed the TAC Khayelitsha district office. A team from the TAC office went around Khayelitsha and discovered 16 shops were selling formula milk.

12 September 2012
Ground Up
DNA sequencing confirms HIV transmission through surrogate breastfeeding

DNA sequencing has provided evidence of HIV-1 transmission from an infected woman breastfeeding her niece in South Africa, drawing attention to infant feeding practices and the need for HIV testing of all breastfeeding surrogates as well as mothers.

23 August 2012
Wellcome Trust
A compound in breast milk may help to protect infants from HIV transmission

An international team of researchers has found that certain bioactive components found in human milk, called human milk ologosaccharides (HMOs) appear to help reduce the risk of HIV transmission from an HIV infected mother to her breast-fed infant. A study found that mothers whose milk contained high levels of HMOs were less liekly to transmit HIV to the babies. The HMOs appear to work by promoting growth of protective bacteria in the babies' diegestive systems.

16 August 2012
BCG vaccination causes immune activation of CD4 T-cells in infants

BCG vaccination, routinely given at birth to protect from tuberculosis (TB), causes an immune-activation of CD4 T cells, the HIV target cells, according to a South African

31 July 2012
Lesley Odendal
VOA News Examines South African Policy Promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding For Mothers With HIV

VOA News examines the South African government's decision in September 2011 to stop providing a free six-month supply of infant formula to mothers with HIV and have "its health facilities ... encourage the women to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first six months of their babies' lives."

21 June 2012
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
'Breast Best' Policy Challenged in South Africa

In September last year, South Africa’s health minister Aaron Motsoaledi implemented a drastic and highly contentious measure. He announced that the government would no longer provide a free six-month supply of formula milk to HIV-infected mothers. Instead, its health facilities would encourage the women to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first six months of their babies’ lives.

20 June 2012
Voice of America
Newly discovered breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV

Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center isolated the antibodies from immune cells called B cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi.

23 May 2012
EurekAlert (press release)
Flash-heating breastmilk to inactivate HIV is feasible for women in resource-poor countries

An international team led by UC Davis researchers has found that mothers in sub-Saharan Africa could successfully follow a protocol for flash-heating breastmilk to reduce transmission of human immunodeficiency virus -- the virus that causes AIDS -- to their infants.

03 May 2012
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Breastfeeding For Longer Plus Extended ART May Reduce Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Long-term results of the Breastfeeding, Antiretrovirals, and Nutrition (BAN) randomized trial reveals that breastfeeding for a longer period along (6+ months) with antiretroviral therapy (ART) could help reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission as well as improve chances of infant's survival.

30 April 2012
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Breastfeeding, Not Formula, for South Africa's HIV-Positive Mothers

South Africa's nine provinces will begin phasing out provision of free formula to HIV-positive mothers and implement a new policy on breast-feeding from Sunday. But despite the clarity of the policy and its supporting data, vocal critics, including respected individuals from leading medical and academic institutions, have decried the choice.

01 April 2012
Inter Press Service

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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