antenatal screening programme
Human immunodeficiency virus
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus which attacks and weakens the immune system. There is no cure but treatment is available. People with HIV are susceptible to a number of different infections and may develop other complications.
Read more about HIV on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
Screening for HIV should be offered to all pregnant women to reduce the rate of mother to child transmission.
Supporting documents from the 2018 review
Evidence summary HIV (2018)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses HIV (2018)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Screening around the UK
The UK NSC recommends screening for this condition, however this may vary slightly depending on where you are in the UK.
Date previous review completed: 2018
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Human immunodeficiency virus
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Black Health Agency
- British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
- British HIV Association
- British Society for Immunology
- Faculty of Public Health
- Institute of Child Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Midwives
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Terrence Higgins Trust