RECOMMENDATION: CDC Recommendation for HIV Screening for Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men who have Sex with Men

September 13, 2017


In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), CDC continues to recommend that clinicians screen asymptomatic sexually active MSM at least annually. A CDC work group conducted a systematic literature review and held four expert consultations to review programmatic experience to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to change the 2006 CDC recommendation (i.e., at least annual HIV screening of MSM in clinical settings). The CDC work group concluded that the evidence remains insufficient to recommend screening more frequently than at least once each year. However, each clinician can consider the benefits of offering more frequent screening (e.g., once every 3 or 6 months) to individual MSM at increased risk for acquiring HIV infection, weighing their patients’ individual risk factors, local HIV epidemiology, and local testing policies.
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