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Can you get HIV from breast milk?

4 weeks ago I was in a brothel and I sucked both nipples of a girl. When I sucked her nipples a lot of milk came out. She had a 3-year old son at home. When I sucked her nipples I had a few sores in my mouth, and I had bad gums. I now have diarrhea, sore throat, muscle ache, fever with chill and bad tiredness. She was 22 years old, and I am 38.

Am I at any risk of getting HIV?


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replied January 2nd, 2018
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With regard to possibility of HIV infection to infants of HIV positive Mothers, who are breast feeding, it has been found that prolonged breast feeding more than 6 months has been associated with positive infections.

The HIV virus has been found in breast milk, and it can also be passed from mother to child during feeding if the mother's nipples are cracked and bleeding.

Until recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised HIV-positive mothers to avoid breastfeeding if they were able to afford, prepare and store formula milk safely. But research has since emerged, particularly from South Africa, that shows that a combination of exclusive breastfeeding and the use of antiretroviral treatment can significantly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to babies through breastfeeding.

However, there are no recorded cases of any adults acquiring HIV from breast milk. The scenario you have described here poses only a theoretical risk for HIV.


Since this situation poses only a theoretical/negligible risk for HIV you may not choose to get tested. However, we do recommend that all sexually active people get tested regularly for HIV and other STIs. Testing 3 months after a possible exposure will provide you with a conclusive result.

The symptoms you have been experiencing are more likely due to common cold viruses or streptococcal bacterial pharyngitis. You should recover soon within a few days with proper rest, anti-inflammatory agents, proper hydration and if needed prescription medications from your doctor.

I hope this helps.


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