Kyrgyzstan mothers who did what they thought was best for their babies are now paying a potentially fatal price.
Seventy-two children were infected with HIV at two hospitals in the poverty stricken village of Osh.
And, since some mothers continued to nurse their tots, they contracted the virus that way.
Although HIV infection from breastfeeding is rare, it is possible, usually when the baby has mouth sores and the mother has lesions on her nipples, according to AIDS experts. Mustafakulova, whose son was 7 months old at the time, said her breasts were cracked and bleeding.
To make matters worse, the mothers are not eligible for free treatment. To see why, read more.
The article reported:
The infected children are getting free antiretroviral drugs, but their mothers have been denied treatment. Erkin Bakiyev, deputy director of the national AIDS center, said the women are not entitled to free drugs if they are in the early stages of infection, as Mustafakulova is. And the women have no money to buy the drugs themselves.