HIV & AIDS Education

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Over time HIV breaks down one's immune system and evolves into AIDS. It effects an equal amount of men as women and does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. HIV can be asymptomatic for many years (10+), and therefore can be easily spread through unprotected sex and intravenous drug use.

Here are guidelines to protect against the transmission of HIV:

Practice Safe Sex!
New ways to practice safe sex and have fun at the same time are always evolving. Talk to your doctor or do an internet search to learn about safe sex practices.

Know How to Use a Condom Correctly!
Proper and regular use of condoms can reduce the risk of HIV by 80-85% as well as reduce the risk of STIs. Click here for proper condom use facts.

Know Your Limit!
Using alcohol and drugs increases impulsive decision making and limits judgment. Have a proactive plan before mixing substances with romance regarding how far you want to go sexually and how you plan on being safe.

Get Tested Regularly!
The CWC partners with community organizations to offer free and anonymous HIV and other STI testing periodically throughout the year.

For more information on HIV/AIDS please visit the following Internet resources:

Counseling & Wellness Center
5805 Bay Shore Road
New College of Florida
CWC 120
Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: (941) 487-4254
Fax: (941) 487-4256