HIV and AIDS Infection
Dr Pat Tookey
MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford StLondon
- The BPSU reporting system is the cornerstone of paediatric reporting of HIV in the UK and Ireland.
- All children presenting with HIV infection, regardless of place of birth or mode of acquisition of infection, should be reported, as well as all infants born to HIV positive women in the UK and Ireland, regardless of infection status.
- In addition to providing the paediatric data for the national HIV prevalence monitoring programmes (used for service planning and resource allocation), data collected through the BPSU are used in a wide range of epidemiological and clinical analyses and publications and also contribute to the assessment of the impact of antenatal screening and the uptake of interventions in pregnancy, as well as developments in the management of infected and exposed children.
Case definition: Any child less than 16 years of age who has AIDS or is HIV antibody positive, or with positive PCR or any other laboratory marker of HIV infection. Also any child born to a woman known to have been HIV infected at the time of that child's birth, regardless of the child's infection status.
Reporting instructions: Please report any child not previously reported to the BPSU who meets the case definition.
Duration: Surveillance began in June 1986 and is reviewed regularly
Funding: The HPA provides core funding for the surveillance study; additional support is provided from departmental sources and the Medical Research Council
Ethical approval: The London Multicentre Research Ethics Committee approved the NSHPC and the associated CHIPS study (Refs: London MREC/04/2/009; MREC/04/2/010). Paediatric surveillance of HIV through the BPSU also has PIAG approval (Ref PIAG/BPSU 2-10(a/2005).
Positively UK; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 7713 0222 Helpline for women living with HIV (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)
- NSHPC data is presented widely at national and international conferences.
- The quarterly NSHPC Newsletter and PowerPoint presentation
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