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Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.


This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on counseling for sexually transmitted infections.


Current Recommendation

Release Date: October 2008

Summary of Recommendations

  • The USPSTF recommends high-intensity behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for all sexually active adolescents and for adults at increased risk for STIs.
    Grade: B Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of behavioral counseling to prevent STIs in non-sexually-active adolescents and in adults not at increased risk for STIs.
    Grade: I Statement.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 200 KB; PDF Help)
Supporting Article (PDF File, 285 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 1.2 MB; PDF Help)
Clinical Summary (PDF File, 51 KB; PDF Help)


Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Related Items
Final Research Plan N/A

Current as of May 2013


Internet Citation:

Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsstds.htm


 


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