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The WHO 2010 Guidelines on HIV and infant feeding marked a transformational shift in breastfeeding recommendations for women living with HIV and sparked a global movement of women and trans men living with HIV seeking to explore options to breastfeed their infants. Increasing evidence shows that giving antiretroviral medicines to the mother or infant can significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission through breastfeeding. However, in many settings, women living with HIV (including trans men and gender-diverse people) who seek to breastfeed face an uphill battle to overcome entrenched and outdated norms and fear-based attitudes around breastfeeding for women living with HIV. This session will focus on persisting barriers to breastfeeding and highlight struggles to change policies and guidelines in countries that have historically placed parents living with HIV under surveillance, denying them custody and, in some cases, criminalizing mothers living with HIV.

14:15
2 min
Introduction
Lucy Wanjiku Njenga, Positive Young Women Voices, Kenya
14:17
8 min
Changing the guidelines
Heather Ellis, Positive Women Victoria, Australia
14:25
45 min
Panel discussion
Marielle Gross, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Nyasha Chingore, AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), Namibia
Ciarra Covin, The Well Project, United States
Keren Jemima Dunaway Gonzalez, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Honduras
Heather Ellis, Positive Women Victoria, Australia
Lucy Wanjiku Njenga, Positive Young Women Voices, Kenya
15:10
5 min
Conclusion
Keren Jemima Dunaway Gonzalez, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Honduras
Lucy Wanjiku Njenga, Positive Young Women Voices, Kenya