Program Operations Guidelines for STD Prevention

These guidelines for STD prevention program operations are based on the essential functions contained in the Comprehensive STD Prevention Systems (CSPS) program announcement. The guidelines are divided into chapters that follow the eight major CSPS sections plus a chapter on areas of special emphasis. The purpose of these guidelines is to further STD prevention by providing a resource to assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of STD prevention and control programs. The target audience for these guidelines is public health personnel and other persons involved in managing STD prevention programs.


Overview of Program Guidelines.

coverLeadership & Program Management

Includes information on leadership, strategic planning, program management, resource development, advocacy, media relations, legislation, partnerships, and collaborations.


coverProgram Evaluation

Gives a brief description of program evaluation and describes how evaluation can be used to help reach program goals and objectives.


coverSurveillance & Data Management

Examines the objectives of a STD surveillance system, describes the components and operation of such a system, and provides case definitions for selected STDs.


coverTraining & Professional Development

Includes information on the training process and the professional/career development process.


cover Medical & Lab Services

Includes information on clinic procedures and management, laboratory procedures and management, standard precautions, CLIA, venipuncture, DIS services, quality assurance, reporting, and screening.


coverPartner Services

Includes information on pre-interview activities, types of interviews, post-interview activities, partner notification strategies, quality assurance, and community-based outreach.
See also: Partner Services – Recommendations for Partner Services Programs for HIV Infection, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydial Infection (October 30, 2008)


coverCommunity & Individual Behavior Change Interventions

Presents a menu of options for program managers who are seeking ways to implement community and individual behavior change interventions. These options should be tailored to the individual program based on an analysis of local risk issues.


coverOutbreak Response Plan

STD prevention programs must create, maintain, and utilize plans to rapidly detect and respond to outbreaks. This chapter includes information on outbreak detection, investigation, response, and evaluation.


coverAreas of Special Emphasis

Areas of special emphasis have direct relevance to multiple essential functions of a comprehensive STD prevention program and represent high priority prevention opportunities. Current areas of special emphasis are corrections, adolescents, managed care, STD/HIV interaction, syphilis elimination, and high risk populations.