National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood


HIV-exposed and HIV-positive children

All infants born to HIV-positive women in the UK or Ireland should be reported to the NSHPC regardless of infection status. Additionally, all HIV-infected children living in the UK or Ireland (including those who were born abroad) should be reported.

Monthly reports are made via the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU). No names are requested or recorded, but reports from different sources are matched by date of birth, location of report and other demographic variables. All reports are followed up to confirm the infection status of the reported children.

HIV-exposed children
HIV-infected children

Please let us know:

  • If you have a child to notify and are unclear about who is responsible for reporting in your unit.
  • If you believe we haven't sent you sufficient forms.
  • If you have taken over from a previous respondent in your unit.

If you are contacting us regarding a specific case, please remember we do not have patients' names in our database. Helpful identifiers to use are:

  • Our unique mother study number (MSTU) or child study number (CSTU) if allocated
  • Date of birth (mother and/or child) only via telephone and not email.
  • Hospital of birth
  • Soundex

For further queries about paediatric reporting, please contact Kate Francis: