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Getting the best health care means making smart decisions about preventive services. Preventive services, such as screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medicines, are tests or treatments that your doctor or others provide to prevent illnesses before they cause you symptoms or problems. To help doctors and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a person’s needs, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations based on a review of high-quality scientific evidence, and publishes its recommendations on its Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.

The goal of these recommendations is not only to offer guidance to doctors, nurses and other primary care professionals, but to provide patients and their families with the most accurate and up-to-date information on ways to prevent illness and improve health and well-being.

On this page you will find easy-to-understand information on the Task Force and on health topics for which the Task Force has released a recommendation. These materials include guides, fact sheets, slideshows, and videos available for view and download. You can sort the table by document title, type of material, or recommendation title, or simply browse using the search function. These materials are designed to inform people about Task Force recommendations and are not intended to replace advice from a health professional.

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Title Source Type Relevant Recommendation(s)
Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Screening for Prostate Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes
Asesoramiento conductual para reducir las infecciones de transmisión sexual JAMA Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections JAMA Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Podcast: Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections JAMA Tool Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Counseling, 2012
Asesoramiento conductual para la prevención del cáncer de piel JAMA Guide Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention JAMA Guide Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Skin Cancer JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
Pruebas de detección del cáncer de piel JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
Screening for Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Lipid Disorders, Screening and Treatment JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Trastornos lipídicos: Detección y tratamiento JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force' Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Screening
Detección de la sífilis JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
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