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Question

Will nevirapine protect my baby if my nipples are cracked?

Hi. I’m hiv positive and my baby is on breastfeeding they have me cipla nevirapine to give her and now I’m worried because my nipples are cracked and sore. Does this mean she can catch the virus even when on nevirapine?

Answer

Hi

Congratulations on your new baby – and great that you are both on treatment. Although you didn;t say this, I assume you are also still on treatment.

Please can you contact your nurse or clinic about your current situation.

Although both you and your babies meds will also reduce the risk of HIV, the nurse needs to see how badly your nipples are cracked.

It might be that moving to formula milk is now more important – but someone needs to see you to talk about this.

Everything will be ok til you see the nurse – your baby still needs to feed – but please do this as soon as you can. If you do not need to change to formula milk, the meds will still give good protection for your baby.

4 comments

  1. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Babe,

    Please see this answer to your earlier comment on another Q&A.

    Please see the section in HIV pregnancy and women’s health about delivering your baby.

    But please talk to the doctor about any risk of HIV transmission when the waters break and you have a vaginal delivery. Your doctor is best placed to advise you about your treatment and your baby’s treatment.

  2. Babe

    Hi there my water broke on a Monday but I was not aware that I might be in labour as it was only small amount leaking but if the pad is left on for the whole day it was completely soaked I then went to the clinic on Wednesday and blood was detected in my urine and I went straight to hospital where an internal examination was done and was told that there is no fractured membrane and since I was not in pain that meant I was not in labour and after a test that came back positive (not sure what kind of a test as the fluid was taken and tested) I was sent home contractions then started on Thursday night and eventually went to hospital on Saturday where I missed 1 arv as I was in labour sorry to bother but I keep thinking is there a possibility that my baby might have been infected during the week where my water broke? I read that a child can be infected if the water breaks and it takes long to give birth. VL was undetectable during this time (blood tests were done in April came back undetectable and gave birth in June before other blood tests were supposed to be done in July but took my medication religiously till the day before I gave birth and continued a day after as I was in labour at the time I was meant to take my dose?

  3. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Lorenzo,

    Please can you tell us more? What country do you, and they, live in?

  4. Lorenzo

    HOW DO I GET A HIV POSITIVE PERSON TO WANT TO BE MORE PROACTIVE WITH THERE HEALTH CARE BEFORE FALLING VICTIM TO A FULL BLOWN AIDS DIAGDNOSES.

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