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Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

Health promotion and healthy decision making are fostered by providing creditable and easy access to HIV/AID, STD and sexual health information.

This Prevention and wellness promotion tab/section is designed to help you protect your health, learn how to be safer, provide access to services and increase awareness.  

  • Prevention Summary
  • Calendar and Awareness Days
  • HIV/AIDS and STDs A to Z
  • Terms and Definition
This serves to provide education, awareness and risk factors for contracting HIV/AIDS and STDs along with an understanding of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender community and resources.
  • February 7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day





  • June 5 - National HIV Long Term Survivor Day





This serves as a navigational and informational tool to make it easier to use and to quickly find information. The A to Z tab includes common and scientific terms to meet the needs of the consumers and health professionals.

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AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) -

ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) -

  1. Belle Glade - 561-996-1625

  2. Delray Annex - 561-274-1355

  3. West Palm Beach - 561-514-5326


Anal Sex and HIV -

Bacterial Vaginosis -


Chlamydia -

Condoms and HIV -


Dating and Marriage -

Diabetes and HIV -

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Educational Videos – Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign

Antron’s Story -
De'Bronski's Story -
Dena's Story -
Jamar's Story -
Margot's Story -
Phill's Story -
Tiaja's Story -
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Family Planning -


Genital Warts -

Gonorrhea -


Hepatitis -

Hepatitis A -

Hepatitis B -

Hepatitis C -

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus -

HIV Care Continuum Initiative of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy -



How Do You Get HIV or AIDS -

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) -

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Immunizations -




Living with HIV -

Lower Your Sexual Risk for HIV -


Microbicides -

Mixed-Status Couples -


Newly Diagnosed: Older Adults -

Newly Diagnosed: What You Need to Know -


Opportunistic infection -

Oral Sex and HIV -


Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) -

PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) -

PrEP (Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis) -

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Sexual Health -

STDs and Pregnancy -

Substance Abuse/Use -

Symptoms of HIV -

Syphilis -



Testing for HIV -

Transmission -

Treatment Adherence -

Trichomoniasis -

Tuberculosis and HIV -



Vaccines -

Vaginal Sex and HIV -


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Please know that all definitions and labels do not mean the same to all people. Use the preferred terminology of the person/people with whom you are interacting. This list represents common usages and meanings of these terms within communities, but is neither exhaustive nor universal.

People tend to refer to someone as either “he” or “she” based on physical appearance. Like names, pronouns are identity terms that can be chosen or rejected. A person can identify as “he”, “she” or both, or another pronoun altogether. When an individual voices a pronoun preference, it is considered basic respect to use the preferred gender-language consistently.

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Androgynous - Refer to a person‟s gender presentation or identity. An androgynous person may identify and appear as both male and female, or as neither male nor female, or as in between male and female.

Attraction - Ones own feelings or self-perception about to which gender(s) one feels drawn. It can be sexual, emotional, spiritual, psychological and/or political.

Behavior - What one does sexually and/or with whom.

Bisexual - A term used to indicate attraction or potential for attraction to more than one gender.

Butch or Stud - An identity term most frequently used by people with a more masculine gender identity and/or gender presentation.

Cisgender - A description for a person whose gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex all align (e.g., man, masculine, and male). Cis-man/cis-woman.

Closeted - A person who is keeping their sexuality or gender identity a secret from many (or any) people, and has yet to “come out of the closet.”

Coming Out - The process of revealing your sexuality or gender identity to individuals in your life; often incorrectly thought to be a one-time event, this is a lifelong and sometimes daily process; not to be confused with "outing."

Cross dresser/ing- Wearing clothing that conflicts with the traditional gender expression of your sex and gender identity (e.g., a man wearing a dress) for any one of many reasons, including relaxation, fun and sexual gratification; often conflated with transsexuality.

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Drag King- A person who consciously performs “masculinity,” usually in a show or theatre setting, presenting an exaggerated form of masculine expression, often times done by a woman; often confused with “transsexual” or “transvestite.”

Drag Queen - A person, who consciously performs “femininity,” usually in a show or theatre setting, presenting an exaggerated form of feminine expression, often times done by a man; often confused with “transsexual” or “transvestite.”

Femme - An identity term most frequently used by people with a more feminine gender identity and/or gender presentation.

Gay - Most frequently used by male-identified people who experience attraction primarily or exclusively for other male-identified people.

Gender - The wide set of characteristics that are constructed to distinguish between the two institutionally recognized sexes: male and female. Gender is not static and can shift over time. Gender has at least three parts:

Gender Identity - Is an individual's internal view of their gender. Ones own innermost sense of themselves as a gendered being and/or as masculine, feminine, androgynous, etc. This will often influence name and pronoun preference for an individual.

Gender Nonconforming - This term can refer to gender identity or gender role and refers to someone who falls outside or transcends what is considered to be traditional gender-norms for their assigned sex.

Heterosexual/Straight - A term used to indicate attraction primarily or exclusively for people of the “opposite” sex.

Homophobia - Societal, systemic and interpersonal oppression against LGBTIQ people and communities. Also can be experienced by those who are perceived to be LGBTIQ.

Heterosexism - Systemic belief that heterosexuality and the binary gender system are superior. Also, the overall creation of institutions that benefit heterosexual people exclusively and/or oppress LGBTIQ people.

Intersex - A term referring to people who have physical markers that differ from the medical male or female. Most commonly, it is used to speak about people whose genitalia is not easily classifiable as “male” or “female” at birth but it can be used to refer to any biological marker that falls outside medical norms for masculine and feminine.

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Lesbian -Most frequently used by female-identified people who experience attraction primarily or exclusively for other female-identified people.

MSM -Abbreviation for Men who have Sex with Men, a term used to describe men who engage in same-sex sexual behavior but who may choose not to label themselves as "gay/bisexual."

Outing (someone) - When someone reveals another person’s sexuality or gender identity to an individual or group, often without the person’s consent or approval; not to be confused with “coming out.”

Pansexual- A term used to indicate attraction or potential for attraction to any gender, preferred by some over “bisexual‟ because it does not imply the existence of only two genders.

Physical Markers - Aspects of the human body that are considered to determine sex and/or gender for a given culture or society, including genitalia, chromosomes, hormones, secondary sex characteristics and internal reproductive organs.

Questioning - Refer to an identity or a process of introspection whereby one learns about their own sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can happen at any age in and multiple times throughout ones lifetime.

Role/Expression - Aspects of behavior and outward presentation that may (intentionally or unintentionally) communicate gender to others in a given culture or society, including clothing, body language, hairstyles, socialization, relationships, career choices, interests and presence in gendered spaces (restrooms, places of worship, etc.)

Same Gender Loving - A term created by African American communities and used by some people of color who may view labels such as “gay” and “lesbian” as terms referring to and/or representing white people.

Sexual Identity - The language and terms one uses to refer to their sexual orientation. It may or may not be based on either of the above and can also be influenced by family, culture and community.

Sexual Orientation - The culturally-defined set of meanings through which people describe their sexual attractions. Sexual orientation is not static and can shift over time. Sexual orientation has at least three parts:

Transitioning - A term used to describe the process of moving from one sex/gender to another; sometimes this is done by hormone or surgical treatments.

Transgender - A term used broadly that refers primarily to individuals who identify differently from the sex assigned at birth or a term used by people for whom the sex they were assigned at birth is an incomplete or incorrect description of themselves. The term “gender-queer” has the same basic meaning but is used somewhat more loosely.

Transman - Typically refers to an individual assigned as female at birth who at some point, starts to identify in a more male-oriented way or as a man.

Transphobia - Societal, systemic and interpersonal oppression against people of transgender experience, also something experienced by some gender queer and gender nonconforming people.

Transvestite - A person who dresses as the binary opposite gender expression (“cross-dresses”) for any one of many reasons, including relaxation, fun, and sexual gratification; often called a “cross-dresser,” and often confused with “transsexual.”

Transwoman - Typically refers to an individual assigned as male at birth who at some point, starts to identify in a more female-oriented way or as a woman.

Two Spirit - An English translation of a concept present in some Indigenous cultures that refers to someone who is assigned one sex at birth but fulfills the roles of both sexes or of another sex.

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