How can we improve the lives of HIV positive mothers through a new drug?
For mothers living with HIV, there’s a risk of transmitting the virus through breastfeeding, even when they are on treatment and have undetectable traces of the virus in their breast milk.
However, when a woman does not breastfeed after giving birth, lactation can cause pain and swelling. Cabergoline is a new drug available in Canada that stops lactation to prevent this pain and swelling. While the drug has been found to be safe and effective for healthy mothers who choose formula feeding, there has been no research to confirm that it is also safe and effective for mothers who are living with HIV and receiving treatment. Dr. Boucoiran is studying a group of 60 women at both Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montréal and B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver to determine if Cabergoline is as effective at stopping lactation in women living with HIV, and whether it causes any negative side effects for these new mothers.