SC State University Presents HIV/AIDS Prevention Training

Monday, March 8, 2010

SC State University, in conjunction with the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, (SCHAC) presents the HBCU Nurturing the Tree of Life (NTTL) HIV/AIDS Prevention Training for Peer Health Advocates (PHAs).  The training will be held on the campus of SC State University on April 17, 2010.

NTTL is an HIV prevention curriculum developed in 1995. The four modules include discussions on HIV knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, relationships and risk reduction. NTTL will be utilized to ensure that incoming freshmen and other University students receive formal HIV/AIDS education and prevention information.

Other South Carolina HBCU’s participating include Benedict College in Columbia, S.C; Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C.; and Allen University in Columbia, S.C.  

Qualified students will be selected to serve as PHAs. PHAs from each of the participating HBCU campuses in the state of South Carolina will be trained to facilitate the NTTL. They will also be responsible for facilitating four NTTL HIV/AIDS health education/risk reduction prevention sessions, and making student referrals to campus and local community health services.


PHAs must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 must have a flexible schedule and should be able to facilitate open discussions regarding sexuality and relationships.

Many of the benefits include gaining service learning credit, extensive training on sexual health and wellness and financial incentives.

Pinkey Carter and Terrence Cummings both agree that NTTL is a positive and imperative learning experience that could help save lives. Both are actively recruiting University students to serve as PHAs.

“The peer-led facilitation model removes power imbalances in the discussions and encourages freedom of expression, empowering students to make positive choices in their sexual behavior,” said Pinkey Carter, director of Brooks Health Center.

SCHAC has provided SC State University with confidential and no cost mobile HIV/STI screenings. They have also administered behavioral risk inventory to incoming freshmen.

 “This effort to prevent further new infections of HIV/AIDS among students attending SC State University through the Nurturing the Tree of Life curriculum is critically important, especially when considering the incidence of minorities infected in South Carolina,” said Terrence Cummings, assistant executive director for Student Success and Retention.  “Student Success and Retention welcomes this holistic approach to health in student development and believes University 101 is an excellent place to begin the modules,” he continued.

Applications for PHAs can be obtained from Student Success and Retention room 115 in Moss Hall or Brooks Health Center. Applications may also be downloaded from the SCHAC website at

For additional information about Peer Health Advocates, contact Pinkey Carter at (803) 536-7055, or via email at You may also contact Terrence Cummings at (803) 533-3721, or via email at