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Original talk:What is AIDS?

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Resource needs updating[edit]

Thanks for the porting efforts. This is a rather old (1987) resource with some outdated information...

Who is at Risk for Infection? Everybody who is exposed to the infection. But especially: 

Persons with venereal diseases and sores on their genital parts
Persons who have many sexual partners

A woman with one partner who has multiple partners is at high risk for HIV.

Does AIDS spread through breast-feeding? 

The virus has been found in breast-milk in low concentrations. It is not yet known if the small amount of virus in milk can infect the baby.

Many women do not know if they are infected or not.

Since the risks of bottle-feeding are well-known, while the risks of breast-feeding by an infected mother remain unproven breast-feeding should always be encouraged.

Women in countries where formula is easily accessible are encouraged to bottle feed exclusively. In resource limited settings, the decision to breastfeed or not is more complicated. We now know that the risk for HIV infection from breastfeeding is 10-16% (JAMA 2000;283:1175). Exclusive breastfeeding and avoiding abrupt cessation reduces the risk of transmission. Risks and benefits of either decision need to be carefully weighed.

I will try to add links to more current HIV resources to provide more information on the fast-changing field.

In the meanwhile, what is the best way to flag this page as out of date?

Steve.mccrosky 22:29, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Open access[edit]

Great work - but it should be marked with {{open access}} and moved to Original:What is AIDS?, unless there's a permission in addition to the one I could see. See Talk:AT Sourcebook#License - what's suitable. --Chriswaterguy 01:46, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing this, Prof Pearce. --Chriswaterguy 06:58, 14 February 2010 (UTC)