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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)
Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Genital Herpes: Serologic Screening
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Counseling, 2012
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: Behavioral Counseling, 2012
Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Drug Use, Illicit: Primary Care Interventions for Children and Adolescents
Medications to Reduce Risk for Primary Breast Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
Menopausal Hormone Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Preventive Medication
Preventing Falls in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Falls Prevention in Older Adults: Counseling and Preventive Medication
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Obesity in Adults: Screening and Management
Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Gestational Diabetes: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Screening
Screening for Glaucoma: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Glaucoma: Screening
Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis C: Screening
Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening
Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: Screening
Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (Hypertension): Screening
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