Frequently Asked Questions about HIV

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Data & Surveys
Good quality data fundamentally underpins all the best service provision. We use data to make informed decisions and to identify critical needs. Being data driven helps to shape every step we take in our prevention and intervention efforts.  There are numerous data sources that can provide you more information on this topic – just go to our Data & Surveys page.

A specific data source DPI facilitates is the BCPS Youth Health and Climate Questionnaire.  This questionnaire was completed by 11,681 students at seven Broward County High Schools in December 2014. Follow up questionnaires will be administered in December, 2016 and during the 2017-18 School Year. The questionnaire was developed in partnership between Broward County Public Schools, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and ICF International. The questionnaire is part of the evaluation process of the BCPS Adolescent Sexual Minority Male Sexual Health Project. Included below is a summary of the questionnaire results for all seven schools as well as results for each high school (Deerfield Beach, Flanagan, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Hills, McArthur, Northeast and South Plantation.)  To view school results, click on the corresponding image:

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Climate Survey All School Summary

Deerfield Beach Climate Results

Flanagan Climate Results

Fort Lauderdale Climate Results

Hollywood Hills Climate Results

McArthur Climate Results

NorthEast Climate Results

South Plantation Climate Results

Policy

It is essential that a universal comprehensive sexual health curriculum that follows the National Sexuality Education Standards be in place in order to make certain every student receives the same quality information necessary to support their education and live a healthy life.

Broward County Public Schools respects the rights of parents and their role in presenting information in this delicate and sensitive area.  According to Florida State Statute 1003.42, Section 3:  “Any student whose parent makes written request to the school principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development and treatment.  A student so exempted may not be penalized by reason of that exemption.”

National Sexuality Education Standards

School Board Policy 5012 Treatment of Students and Employees With Communicable Diseases and Conditions

Policy 6000.1: Pupil Progression Plan

Broward County Public Schools Family Life and Human Sexuality Policy 5315 (Adopted May 2014)
The School Board of Broward County, Florida is committed to protecting the health of all of its students by providing comprehensive sexual health education that promotes healthy attitudes concerning growth and development, body image, gender and sexuality, dating, relationships and family. The School Board believes comprehensive sexual health education provides our youth with the information, skills and support they need to develop positive values and make healthy decisions.

It is essential that a universal comprehensive sexual health curriculum that follows The National Sexuality Education Standards be in place in order to make certain every student receives the same quality information necessary to support their education and live a healthy life.

This policy is intended to ensure The School Board of Broward County, herein referred To as SBBC, offers students comprehensive sexual health education.
This policy reflects SBBC’s commitment to provide all students from kindergarten through twelfth grade with sexual health education. It is designed to ensure every school has staff that has been trained and is supported in their school’s effort to provide students with sexual health education that is comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-informed. In accordance with SBBC policy 4001.1, this Policy supports an “environment free of discrimination and harassment based upon age, race, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national Origin, sex or sexual orientation.”

Confidentiality 

Resources & Links
AIDS.gov

AIDSVu.org: is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. Also, provides many resources and connects people to local agencies to get HIV testing.

Broward > AIDS

CDC’s NBHADD site

Find a testing site near you

FREE Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention.

HealthTeacher.com: interactive products are used by teachers, parents, and kids to address important youth health issues, including physical activity, nutrition, and social and emotional well-being.

HIV Surveillance Report

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Parent Information

Broward County Public Schools Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department prides itself in partnering with parents, in a mutual effort, to keep our students safe so they may achieve academic success. Family Life and Human Sexuality can be a very sensitive topic. Statistics show that about one in four sexually active teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease each year. The goal of our department is to educate and empower students through accurate and effective prevention strategies to combat this epidemic. The Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department recognizes that its efforts cannot succeed without the involvement of parents; therefore, we aim to encourage, educate, support and provide parents with the necessary resources to address the issues of sexuality. Not only can family life and human sexuality be a sensitive topic for some families, but discussions around HIV can also be tough for parents, guardians, and caregivers to discuss with their children. However it is imperative that all families have these discussions. Help keep your kids safe. It’s never too early or too late to engage them in conversations about ways to stay healthy. To learn more about our curriculum and to find out how to discuss sensitive topics, please check out our Curriculum and Parent Tool Kit

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Student Information

Being a teenager is complicated enough today. Add to that, a world with information that may be confusing or inaccurate and is instantly available, makes getting the right answers to your questions challenging.

Talking about HIV/AIDS with adults can make you even more uncomfortable. That is why we have created this area specifically for our youth, as a place to come to where you can get honest, accurate and informative answers to questions that you may feel uneasy asking an adult.

You should never be afraid to discuss HIV/AIDS or STIs, or seek out the resources you need to better prepare yourself for living in a world with or preventing the spread of STIs.  Take our quiz and test your knowledge on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Youth Resource Guide

Youth Health Guide