Obstetric and Paediatric HIV Surveillance
The HPA is seeking obstetric and paediatric HIV surveillance specialists to continue to deliver surveillance, including an HIV serosurvey for south-east England to support national public health measures to prevent HIV infection.
The service required is:
1. Collaborate with the three newborn infant biochemical screening laboratories in south-east England to collect leftover dried blood spots from 130 000 infants,
2. Collaborate with the HPA to anonymise these dried blood spots while adhering to a procedure which ensures that essential epidemiological information is retained,
3. Promptly test these dried blood spots for the presence of HIV anti-body and report the results to the HPA,
4. Participate in an external quality assurance HIV dried blood spot testing scheme,
5. Develop and sustain a relationship with the Royal College of Obstetricians and the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit in order to obtain regular reports of HIV infected pregnant women, infants exposed to HIV-infected mothers, and reports of children shown to be HIV-infected (up to 5 000 reports annually),
6. Collate, analyse and summarise these reports and forward updates to the HPA on a regular basis,
7. Provide regular feedback to reporters and reporting networks to ensure that coverage and reporting ascertainment remains over 95 %,
8. By mutual agreement be prepared to modify these arrangements in response to changing public health priorities.