National Surveillance of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood


About the NSHPC

The NSHPC conducts active surveillance of pregnancies in women living with HIV, their babies and other children diagnosed with HIV in the UK and has been running for 30 years.

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 vertical transmission
  • 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 (PHE), and Health Protection Scotland, where it is combined with other national surveillance data on HIV

Meet the Team

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

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Helen Peters

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Kate Francis

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Laurette Bukasa



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Corinne Hill

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Rebecca Sconza



History of the NSHPC

National surveillance of paediatric AIDS started in 1986 in conjunction with the British Paediatric Unit (BPSU)'s monthly orange card scheme. It was extended to include HIV infection and perinatal HIV exposure in 1989 in the UK. 

Obstetric reporting began in 1989 under the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG) and continues to collect data on all pregnant women in the UK diagnosed with HIV as a part of national surveillance for Public Health England.