A New Way to Spread HIV/AIDS?
At a scientific conference on Wednesday in Boston, government officials relayed it is possible for mothers with the virus to infect their children by feeding them pre-chewed food.
In most of the cases, the mothers who pre-chewed the food had bleeding sores or gums, so officials believe the virus was spread by the blood, not the saliva.
Pre-chewing food is a practice common in many developing countries. It can also occur if mothers don’t have access to baby food, or a way to pulverize food for babies to eat. While the practice is rare in the United States, several cases of food-chewed transmission of the virus has been reported.
CDC officials ask that parents and caregivers with the HIV/AIDS virus avoid pre-chewing food for the babies and children in their care, and it is taking steps to educate doctors about this method of virus transmission.