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HIV February 24, 2022

What Does the USPSTF Recommend? Get HIV Screening Guidelines

Most physicians are familiar with the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), the independent panel that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventative services—screenings, counseling, medications and more—with the goal of improving the health of people nationwide. But did you know that it’s easy to stay up to date on these clinically influential reports on the AMA Ed Hub and, in many cases, earn CME credit?

Stay Up to Date on USPSTF Guidelines for HIV Screening

One example is the USPSTF statement on Screening for HIV Infection. Approximately 1.1 million persons in the U.S. are currently living with HIV, and more than 700 000 persons have died of AIDS since the first cases were reported in 1981. The AMA Ed Hub, in collaboration with JN Learning, presents the USPSTF’s recommendation—that adolescents and adults, age 15 to 65 years, be screened for HIV infection—alongside a short quiz. Learners can earn 1 CME credit. You can also read the article or listen to the related audio.

Among other findings, the USPSTF found convincing evidence that currently recommended HIV tests are highly accurate in diagnosing HIV infection. It also found convincing evidence that identification and early treatment of HIV infection is of substantial benefit in reducing the risk of AIDS-related events or death. The Task Force recommends screening for HIV infection in all pregnant persons, as well as younger adolescents and older adults (outside the 15–65 age range) if they are at increased risk of infection.

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