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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)
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Counseling, 2012
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention JAMA Guide Skin Cancer Prevention: 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
Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis B in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Guide Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults
Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Atrial Fibrillation
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis JAMA Guide Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis
Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right for You? 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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Prostate Cancer JAMA Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Can HIV Infection Be Prevented With Medication? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
JAMA Patient Page: Preventing Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Preeclampsia During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Preeclampsia: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease With the Ankle-Brachial Index JAMA Guide Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Screening and Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index
Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and CVD in Adults: Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions
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