Technical Guide: Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Prisons

Guidelines - Released in 2020

The rise in the global female prison population, women’s unique vulnerabilities to HIV infection and insufficient provision and inequitable access to HIV services places the prevention of motherto-child transmission (PMTCT) in prisons high on the agenda of HIV prevention among key populations.

This technical guide is intended to support countries in their efforts to increase their capacity to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in prison, and achieve the ultimate goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, “leaving no one behind”.


 Technical Guide(821.91 KB)


  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)