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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)
Prueba de detección de hepatitis B en embarazadas JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
Screening for Hepatitis B Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Screening, 2014
Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis C: Screening
Detección de infección por el virus de la hepatitis C JAMA Guide Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Guide Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Tool Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide High Blood Pressure in Adults: Screening
Detección de presión arterial alta en niños y adolescentes JAMA Guide High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Tool High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Hormone Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal People (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hormone Therapy for the Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Persons
JAMA Patient Page: Hormone Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women JAMA Guide Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women: Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
Terapia hormonal para prevención primaria de afecciones crónicas en mujeres posmenopáusicas JAMA Guide Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women: Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
JAMA Patient Page: Who Should Be Screened for HIV Infection? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
¿Quiénes deben someterse a una prueba de detección de infección por VIH? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
Screening for HIV: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
Detección de la hipertensión en adultos JAMA Guide Hypertension in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hypertension in Adults JAMA Guide Hypertension in Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hypertension in Adults JAMA Tool Hypertension in Adults: Screening
Measure Your Blood Pressure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC Article Hypertension in Adults: Screening
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