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USPSTF Recommendations Would Expand Health Plan Coverage of PrEP, Update HIV Screening Ratings: Public Comments Due Dec 26

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is inviting comments (due December 26, 2018) on draft evidence review documents and corresponding recommendation statements on the following:

  • Prevention of HIV and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): This is the first-ever USPSTF preventive services recommendation for PrEP for "persons at high risk of HIV acquisition." The recommendation is Grade A and, if adopted, would mandate health insurance plan coverage, without cost-sharing, per the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

See Affordable Care Act and USPSTF Recommendations and the chart below  

  • HIV Screening: These recommendations are an update of the 2013 version. In summary, this USPSTF Grade A recommendation endorses expanded HIV screening for all pregnant women as well as those at higher risk who are younger or older than current recommendations for HIV screening for ages 15-65. The rationale statement references, in part, "convincing evidence that the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is of substantial benefit in decreasing the risk for HIV transmission to uninfected sex partners."

See HIV.gov's blog on the USPSTF recommendations

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