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HIV/AIDS

31 August 2011

Premastication poses HIV threat

A new study from South Africa found that more than two-thirds of mothers and other caregivers pre-chew food for their infants.

A new study from South Africa found that more than two-thirds of mothers and other caregivers pre-chew food for their infants – possibly putting those babies at risk of HIV if the caregiver is HIV-positive.

Many caregivers who premasticated also had bleeding gums and mouth sores, and some reported giving bloody, chewed food to infants – which could create a route for disease transmission if infants were teething or had any cuts in their own mouths.

 

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