Some supplements increase risk for mother-to-child HIV transmission

08/31/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A study found that breast-feeding, HIV-positive women who received supplements of vitamin A and beta-carotene were more likely than those who took placebo to transmit the virus to their babies. A second study showed that the supplements contributed to an increased risk in subclinical mastitis, a condition that causes blood plasma leakage in the mammary gland.

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