Testosterone testing and prescriptions have nearly tripled in recent years; however, it is clear from clinical practice that there are many men using testosterone without a clear indication. Some studies estimate that up to 25% of men who receive testosterone therapy do not have their testosterone tested prior to initiation of treatment. Of men who are treated with testosterone, nearly half do not have their testosterone levels checked after therapy commences. While up to a third of men who are placed on testosterone therapy do not meet the criteria to be diagnosed as testosterone deficient, there are a large percentage of men in need of testosterone therapy who fail to receive it due to clinician concerns, mainly surrounding prostate cancer development and cardiovascular events, although current evidence fails to definitively support these concerns. Given the clinical and commercial testosterone landscape, the American Urological Association (AUA) identified a need to produce an evidence-based document that informs clinicians on the proper assessment and management of patients with testosterone deficiency. The AUA and the Testosterone Panel were committed to creating a Guideline that ensures that men in need of testosterone therapy are treated effectively and safely.

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