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A Lesser Evil?

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Researchers say that breast-feeding, not formula, might give children of HIV-positive mothers in African nations the best chance of building strong immune systems'despite the risk of infants' contracting the virus. Hoosen Coovadia, a pediatrician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, says that in countries where clean water for preparing infant formula is not available, the potential 300,000 HIV transmissions that could result from breast-feeding could in the long run save 1.5 million children from dying of other diseases that they could fight if they had stronger immune systems. The findings, reported at the 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, supported World Health Organization recommendations in October that HIV-infected mothers exclusively breast-feed infants for their first six months unless substitute formula is acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable, and safe for them and their infants.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.