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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)
JAMA Patient Page: Can HIV Infection Be Prevented With Medication? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis C: Screening
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
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: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults JAMA Guide Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Screening
Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures: Preventive Medication
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions
Screening for Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Skin Cancer JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease With Nontraditional Risk Factors JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Assessment With Nontraditional Risk Factors
Screening and Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries in Children Younger Than Age 5 Years (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening and Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries in Children Younger Than Age 5 Years:
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Ovarian Cancer JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Get the Facts U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Background Information U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Ovarian Cancer: Screening
News Bulletin U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
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