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Case of HIV infection acquired by pre-mastication: first reported pediatric case in Chile

International Journal of Pregnancy & Child Birth
Elba Wu Hupat, Yenis Labraña Cornejo, Ana María Alvarez, Julia Villarroel


In Chile, the incorporation of the protocol for the prevention of vertical transmission (VTPP) of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in pregnant women, has reduced HIV transmission in children to less than 2%. Thus, currently the detection of HIV-infected children is uncommon. So, in front a case, compliance with the VTPP must be audited. If it was fully complied, other possible mechanism of HIV transmission should be reviewed. A case is presented in which, having discarded the common causes of contagion, HIV may have been transmitted through the consumption of pre-masked food by an HIV infected person, in this case the mother.


HIV, vertical transmission, pre-mastication, vertical transmission