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Prevention Research Centers: 30 Years of Building Healthier Communities

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Research Helps HIV-Infected Mothers

Research conducted through the University of North Carolina PRC found that giving antiretroviral drugs to breastfeeding mothers with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, or giving an HIV-fighting syrup to their babies, are both effective. Partly on the basis of these results, the World Health Organization recommended that for breastfeeding mothers with HIV who are still in the early stages of infection, the HIV prevention guidelines be modified to offer them a choice of approaches. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, received the 2011 Charles C. Shepard Science Award.