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Global Health
June 20, 2012

Heat Thwarts HIV

JAMA. 2012;307(23):2477. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6515

Mothers with HIV infection successfully followed a protocol for flash-heating their breast milk that inactivated the virus and reduced transmission to their infants, according to an international research team's feasibility study in sub-Saharan Africa (Chantry CJ et al. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012;60[1]:43-50).

The flash-heating protocol is a simple technique that involves expressing breast milk into a glass jar, which is placed in a pan with water and heated until the water boils. The milk is cooled and cup-fed to the infant.

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