NCSD, with guidance from our members and APHL, reviewed U.S. Preventative Task Force's Draft Research plan "Chlamydial and Gonococcal Infections: Screening" and submitted recommendations to help inform their research strategy. Read NCSD's recommendations below
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Proposed Analytic Framework
In USPSTF’s proposed analytic framework an arrow between reduced transmission and acquisition and reducing maternal and, fetal, or infant outcomes, however, perinatal transmission and pregnancy outcomes get lumped into one of the many outcomes for key question one under the research approach section. NCSD suggests creating a separate question for pregnancy-related and perinatal outcomes, or adding it as a second question to the Proposed Contextual Question section.
Proposed Key Questions to Be Systematically Reviewed
who are younger, men who have sex with men)? Screening strategies include co-testing for concurrent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, or using different screening intervals.
NCSD recommends that instead of excluding participants who use PrEP, they should be considered as part of the “risk stratified” group for key question two. This research approach does not exclude participants at risk for HIV who use other methods of HIV prophylaxis, such as condoms, it is important to remain consistent.