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USPSTF A and B Recommendations by Date

Release Date of Current Recommendation Topic Description Grade
June 2016* Colorectal cancer screening The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. A
June 2016* Syphilis screening: nonpregnant persons The USPSTF recommends screening for syphilis infection in persons who are at increased risk for infection. A
April 2016* Aspirin preventive medication: adults aged 50 to 59 years with a ≥10% 10-year cardiovascular risk The USPSTF recommends initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in adults aged 50 to 59 years who have a 10% or greater 10-year cardiovascular risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years B
February 2016* Depression screening: adolescents The USPSTF recommends screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents aged 12 to 18 years. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. B
January 2016* Depression screening: adults The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. B
October 2015* Diabetes screening The USPSTF recommends screening for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment in adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with abnormal blood glucose to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity. B
October 2015* High blood pressure in adults: screening The USPSTF recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults aged 18 years or older. The USPSTF recommends obtaining measurements outside of the clinical setting for diagnostic confirmation before starting treatment. A
September 2015* Tobacco use counseling and interventions: nonpregnant adults The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved pharmacotherapy for cessation to adults who use tobacco. A
September 2015* Tobacco use counseling: pregnant women The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all pregnant women about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions for cessation to pregnant women who use tobacco. A
September 2014* Chlamydia screening: women The USPSTF recommends screening for chlamydia in sexually active women age 24 years or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection. B
September 2014* Gonorrhea screening: women The USPSTF recommends screening for gonorrhea in sexually active women age 24 years or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection. B
September 2014* Sexually transmitted infections counseling The USPSTF recommends intensive behavioral counseling for all sexually active adolescents and for adults who are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections. B
September 2014 Preeclampsia prevention: aspirin The USPSTF recommends the use of low-dose aspirin (81 mg/d) as preventive medication after 12 weeks of gestation in women who are at high risk for preeclampsia. B
August 2014* Healthy diet and physical activity counseling to prevent cardiovascular disease: adults with cardiovascular risk factors The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for CVD prevention. B
June 2014* Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: men The USPSTF recommends one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. B
May 2014* Dental caries prevention: infants and children up to age 5 years The USPSTF recommends the application of fluoride varnish to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption in primary care practices. The USPSTF recommends primary care clinicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation starting at age 6 months for children whose water supply is fluoride deficient. B
May 2014 Hepatitis B screening: nonpregnant adolescents and adults The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis B virus infection in persons at high risk for infection. B
January 2014 Gestational diabetes mellitus screening The USPSTF recommends screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in asymptomatic pregnant women after 24 weeks of gestation. B
December 2013 Lung cancer screening The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. B
December 2013* BRCA risk assessment
and genetic counseling/testing
The USPSTF recommends that primary care providers screen women who have family members with breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer with one of several screening tools designed to identify a family history that may be associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). Women with positive screening results should receive genetic counseling and, if indicated after counseling, BRCA testing. B
September 2013* Breast cancer preventive medication The USPSTF recommends that clinicians engage in shared, informed decisionmaking with women who are at increased risk for breast cancer about medications to reduce their risk. For women who are at increased risk for breast cancer and at low risk for adverse medication effects, clinicians should offer to prescribe risk-reducing medications, such as tamoxifen or raloxifene. B
August 2013 Tobacco use interventions: children and adolescents The USPSTF recommends that clinicians provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent initiation of tobacco use in school-aged children and adolescents. B
June 2013 Hepatitis C virus infection screening: adults The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk for infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965. B
May 2013* Alcohol misuse: screening and counseling The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen adults age 18 years or older for alcohol misuse and provide persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse. B
April 2013* HIV screening: nonpregnant adolescents and adults The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for HIV infection in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65 years. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened. A
April 2013* HIV screening: pregnant women The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen all pregnant women for HIV, including those who present in labor who are untested and whose HIV status is unknown. A
January 2013 Intimate partner violence screening: women of childbearing age The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence, such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services. This recommendation applies to women who do not have signs or symptoms of abuse. B
June 2012* Obesity screening and counseling: adults The USPSTF recommends screening all adults for obesity. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions. B
May 2012 Falls prevention in older adults: exercise or physical therapy The USPSTF recommends exercise or physical therapy to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults age 65 years and older who are at increased risk for falls. B
May 2012 Falls prevention in older adults: vitamin D The USPSTF recommends vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults age 65 years and older who are at increased risk for falls. B
May 2012 Skin cancer behavioral counseling The USPSTF recommends counseling children, adolescents, and young adults ages 10 to 24 years who have fair skin about minimizing their exposure to ultraviolet radiation to reduce risk for skin cancer. B
March 2012* Cervical cancer screening The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer in women ages 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women ages 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years. A
January 2012* Osteoporosis screening: women The USPSTF recommends screening for osteoporosis in women age 65 years and older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors. B
July 2011* Gonorrhea prophylactic medication: newborns The USPSTF recommends prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns for the prevention of gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum. A
January 2011* Visual acuity screening in children The USPSTF recommends vision screening for all children at least once between the ages of 3 and 5 years, to detect the presence of amblyopia or its risk factors. B
January 2010 Obesity screening and counseling: children The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen children age 6 years and older for obesity and offer them or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvement in weight status. B
June 2009 Hepatitis B screening: pregnant women The USPSTF strongly recommends screening for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit. A
May 2009 Folic acid supplementation The USPSTF recommends that all women planning or capable of pregnancy take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg (400 to 800 µg) of folic acid. A
May 2009 Syphilis screening: pregnant women The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen all pregnant women for syphilis infection. A
October 2008 Breastfeeding counseling The USPSTF recommends interventions during pregnancy and after birth to promote and support breastfeeding. B
July 2008 Bacteriuria screening: pregnant women The USPSTF recommends screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria with urine culture in pregnant women at 12 to 16 weeks' gestation or at the first prenatal visit, if later. A
July 2008 Hearing loss screening: newborns The USPSTF recommends screening for hearing loss in all newborn infants. B
June 2008 Cholesterol abnormalities screening: men 35 and older The USPSTF strongly recommends screening men age 35 years and older for lipid disorders. A
June 2008 Cholesterol abnormalities screening: men younger than 35 The USPSTF recommends screening men ages 20 to 35 years for lipid disorders if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. B
June 2008 Cholesterol abnormalities screening: women 45 and older The USPSTF strongly recommends screening women age 45 years and older for lipid disorders if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. A
June 2008 Cholesterol abnormalities screening: women younger than 45 The USPSTF recommends screening women ages 20 to 45 years for lipid disorders if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. B
March 2008 Hypothyrodism screening: newborns The USPSTF recommends screening for congenital hypothyroidism in newborns. A
March 2008 Phenylketonuria screening: newborns The USPSTF recommends screening for phenylketonuria in newborns. A
September 2007 Hemoglobinopathies screening: newborns The USPSTF recommends screening for sickle cell disease in newborns. A
February 2004 Rh incompatibility screening: first pregnancy visit The USPSTF strongly recommends Rh (D) blood typing and antibody testing for all pregnant women during their first visit for pregnancy-related care. A
February 2004 Rh incompatibility screening: 24–28 weeks' gestation The USPSTF recommends repeated Rh (D) antibody testing for all unsensitized Rh (D)-negative women at 24 to 28 weeks' gestation, unless the biological father is known to be Rh (D)-negative. B
September 2002 Breast cancer screening The USPSTF recommends screening mammography for women, with or without clinical breast examination, every 1 to 2 years for women age 40 years and older. B

The Department of Health and Human Services, under the standards set out in revised Section 2713(a)(5) of the Public Health Service Act and Section 9(h)(v)(229) of the 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Act, utilizes the 2002 recommendation on breast cancer screening of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. To see the USPSTF 2016 recommendation on breast cancer screening, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/breast-cancer-screening1.
*Previous recommendation was an “A” or “B.”

Current as of: June 2016

Internet Citation: USPSTF A and B Recommendations by Date. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2016.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/uspstf-a-and-b-recommendations-by-date/

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