Background: Generating state policy support for sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention is crucial; however, little is known about policy activity by STD programs.
Goals: The goals of the study were to identify state-level policy behaviors by state STD programs and to examine the association between policy behavior and selected state characteristics.
Study Design: Information was gathered through a survey of STD directors in 2001. Policy activities were recalled for 1995 and 2000 and compared with several state characteristics.
Results: A majority of state STD programs reported at least one policy behavior in the state policy process for 1995 and for 2000. An increase was observed with the provision of state legislative testimony, participation in STD coalitions, and dissemination of information to policy-makers by STD programs.
Conclusion: Reported policy activity may be evidence of an emerging environment enabling state STD directors to engage in public policy activity. An opportunity exists to improve state and local support for STD prevention.