TABLE 7-1 Summary of the Committee’s Recommendations on Preventive Services for Women


Preventive Service USPSTF Grade Supporting Evidence Recommendations

Screening for gestational diabetes I The evidence provided to support a recommendation for screening for gestational diabetes is based on current federal practice policy from the U.S. Indian Health Service, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as current practice and clinical professional guidelines such as those set forth by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Recommendation 5.1 The committee recommends for consideration as a preventive service for women: screening for gestational diabetes in pregnant women between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation and at the first prenatal visit for pregnant women identified to be at high risk for diabetes.
Human papillomavirus testing (HPV) I The evidence provided to support a recommendation to support testing for HPV is based on federal practice policy from the U.S. Department of Defense. Peer-reviewed studies demonstrate that improved testing technologies, particularly combined screening using both conventional cytology and high-risk HPV DNA testing, may significantly improve the rate of detection of cervical cancer precursors and facilitate the safe lengthening of the interval for screening. Recommendation 5.2 The committee recommends for consideration as a preventive service for women: the addition of high-risk human papillomavirus DNA testing in addition to cytology testing in women with normal cytology results. Screening should begin at 30 years of age and should occur no more frequently than every 3 years.
Counseling for sexually transmitted infections (STI) I The evidence provided to support a recommendation related to STI counseling is based on federal goals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Healthy People 2020, as well as recommendations from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Recommendation 5.3 The committee recommends for consideration as a preventive service for women: annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections for sexually active women.


The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement