Breast Milk Antibody Helps Fight HIV
An antibody in breast milk both neutralizes the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and kills HIV-infected cells, according to a new study, but does not completely protect nursing babies from HIV transmission. However, current HIV vaccine candidates may be effective in enhancing the anti-HIV functions of breast feeding.
Although breast feeding can transmit the HIV virus from mother to child, previous studies in Africa have shown that exclusive breast feeding significantly reduces the risk of HIV from the mother to the infant, compared to formula feeding.
The key is to find ways to make breast milk safe, and the latest study may be a huge step in that direction. To read the full story on ScienceDaily, >Click Here.<
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