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 Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in April 2018.

Screening for this condition is recommended.

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.

Review cycle

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

If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for organisation can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.