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National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood

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About the NSHPC

For over 25 years 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

History of the NSHPC

Paediatric reporting started in 1986, and is mainly carried out through the BPSU’s monthly ‘orange card’ which is routinely sent to all consultant paediatricians registered with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Since 1989 pregnant women diagnosed with HIV have been reported through a quarterly reporting scheme administered under the auspices of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Previously a representative from each of the main obstetric units in the UK and Ireland receive a green card, however since July 2016 this is completed online. This online card asks for the number of HIV positive pregnancies (including terminations and spontaneous abortions) first seen in that unit in the previous three months.


Meet the Team

Please visit our People page for more information on current NSHPC team members.