USPSTF 2023: Recommendation against screening for genital HSV infection in asymptomatic patients (D statement)

Clinical Question

Should primary care clinicians screen asymptomatic adolescents and adults, including pregnant persons, for genital herpes simplex virus infection?

Bottom line

The US Preventive Services Task Force continues to conclude with moderate certainty that the harms outweigh the benefits for population-based screening for genital HSV infection in asymptomatic adolescents and adults, including pregnant persons (D recommendation). This updated review is consistent with the 2016 USPSTF recommendation. 2c

Study design: Practice guideline

Funding: Government

Setting: Various (guideline)

Reviewer

David C. Slawson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Education and Scholarship
Atrium Health
Professor of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Charlotte, NC


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Lindsay Pritchett

screening for herpes in asymptomatic patients

Hahahaha- you don't say

ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Excellent