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It is possible for baby to become infected with HIV through breastmilk. Since the PCR test will detect HIV 6 weeks after infection, baby needs to get tested again 6 weeks after the last breastmilk feed.
Infection through breastmilk
There is a risk that HIV in the mother’s breastmilk may infect the baby. The baby may be infected at any time during breastfeeding.
The risk of infection is affected by a number of factors:
Type of test
The type of HIV test you should use will depend on the age of the child:
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