About the NSHPC
The NSHPC is based in the the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health within Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Since 1989 pregnant women with diagnosed HIV infection have been reported through a quarterly reporting scheme administered 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. Laboratory sources also contribute data.
Between 1990 and 2011 about 15,500 pregnancies in diagnosed HIV-positive women have been reported. The annual number exceeded 1000 every year since 2003, and has remained at around 1500 a year since 2007. By the end of 2011 almost 16,000 children born to HIV-positive women had been reported, of whom approximately 7% were born abroad, and 2000 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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