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The UK NSC recommendation on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening in pregnancy

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed April 2018
Next review due in 2021/22
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening recommended by UK NSC?

Screening for HIV should be offered to all pregnant women to reduce the rate of mother to child transmission.

More about 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 NHS UK

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
British HIV Association
British Society for Immunology
Faculty of Public Health
Halve It
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

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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