National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood

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Population, Policy and Practice Programme
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH

Telephone: 020 7905 2815

About the NSHPC

The NSHPC is based in the Clinical Epidemiology, Nutrition and Biostatistics (CENB) section within the Population, Policy and Practice Programme at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Since 1989 pregnant women with diagnosed HIV infection have been reported through a quarterly reporting scheme originally established under the auspices of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Paediatric reporting started in 1986, and is mainly carried out through the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit’s monthly ‘orange card’, which is routinely sent to all consultant paediatricians registered with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Some clinicians looking after large numbers of children report directly to the NSHPC.

Between 1990 and 2014 more than 19,000 pregnancies in diagnosed HIV-positive women had been reported. Between 1300 and 1600 have been reported annually since 2005. By the end of 2014 over 19,500 children born to HIV-positive women had been reported, of whom approximately 6% were born abroad, and 2150 were infected. Another 400 children who acquired their infection through other routes had also been reported; over 60% of these young people were infected during the course of treatment for haemophilia in the early years, and the survivors of this group are now adults.

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