Breastfeeding and HIV Transmission Term Paper by hoon4vr

Breastfeeding and HIV Transmission
Looks at breastfeeding and HIV transmission among black women.
# 107508 | 835 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper relates that information about the risks of infection transmission of HIV must be provided to women in culturally relevant terms so that they can understand the significance of their choices. However, there is a communication gap in many black communities regarding healthcare prevention as well as treatment. The author points out that healthcare professionals must be fully informed of the benefits, risks and detriments of HIV transmission in HIV positive black women so that they can effectively communicate what they know in an unbiased and culturally relevant manner.

From the Paper:

"Numerous studies have been performed to determine the risk of mothers who are HIV positive breastfeeding their babies. According to Crowe et. al. (2006) since a 1992 study by Dunn, it has been widely accepted that 14 percent of babies whose HIV positive mothers breastfed them would become infected themselves. However, there is now a great deal of evidence that this figure is not accurate because Dunn did not take a lot of important variables into account."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aikin, S.C. (1999) Factors influencing African American mothers to breastfeed their infants: African American breastfeeding, Journal of Multicultural Nursing & Health, Retrieved February 25, 2008 [online]
  • Crowe, D., Kent, G., Morrison, P. & Greiner, T. (2006, December) Commentary: Revisiting the risk of HIV infection from breastfeeding,, Retrieved February 24, 2008 [online]
  • Klitsch, M. (2002) Treatment of HIV-positive pregnant women lowers infection risk of infants, International Family Planning Perspectives, 28, 180-181
  • London S. (2006) Title: Risk of death or HIV infection similar for two infant feeding regimens, International Family Planning Perspectives 32, 215-216
  • McCarter-Spaulding, D. (2004, Fall) The importance of breastfeeding in improving the health of African-Americans: A health policy perspective, Journal of Multicultural Nursing & Health, Retrieved February 25, 2008 [online]

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APA Format

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