National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood


About the NSHPC

The National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood (NSHPC) is an active reporting scheme for pregnancies in women living with HIV, babies born to women living with HIV and other children diagnosed with HIV in both the UK and Ireland.

The NSHPC surveillance programme is used to

  • monitor the prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection in pregnant women and children
  • evaluate antenatal HIV testing programmes
  • track changes in the management of HIV in pregnancy and transmission of infection from mother to child
  • explore the natural history of paediatric HIV
  • provide baseline data for follow-up of infected children
  • monitor the health of uninfected children born to infected women
  • provide national paediatric and pregnancy surveillance data to Public Health England, and Health Protection Scotland, where it is combined with other national surveillance data on HIV