Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society

Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ In Tamil

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

A person who has STI is more likely to become infected with HIV, if they have unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with HIV infected person.
The symptoms are ulcer in the genitals, discharge from vagina and urethra, lower abdominal pain in women, pain or burning sensation while urinating and painful scrotal swelling in men.
Yes, it is curable.
Yes, if the mother has STI, there are chances for the transmission of STI to the baby during pregnancy or during labour. If the mother is treated, the baby will be protected.For further queries contact 1800-419-1800 (Toll Free)

ICTC & ART

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It is a virus which destroys the human immune system.
HIV is the virus and AIDS is the disease which is caused due to HIV.
HIV can be detected through blood test at free of cost in all Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) located at Government Hospitals.
Free treatment is available in all ART Centres located at Government Hospitals.
ART medicines will improve the immunity and prolong the life of HIV infected people.For further queries contact 1800 419 1800 (Toll Free).

PPTCT

PPTCT is Prevention of Parent To Child Transmission (HIV) programme focusing on prevention of HIV infection from HIV positive pregnant women to her new born.
Yes, HIV infected couple can have HIV free baby.
The HIV status of a new born can be known through a test done from 6 weeks to 6 months.
Yes, HIV spreads through breastfeeding of HIV infected mother. But the transmission is very minimal if the mother is on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART).
Yes, a couple can have HIV negative baby even though the first baby is HIV positive.For further queries contact 1800 419 1800 (Toll Free)

Blood Transfusion Services (BTS)

Any healthy person with clean habits between the age of 18 to 65 can donate blood.
You can donate blood once in 3 months.
New blood cells will be generated after donation
You can contact the nearest blood bank located in the Government Medical College Hospitals, District Head Quarters Hospitals and other Government hospitals.For further queries contact 1800 419 1800 (Toll Free).

Targeted Intervention - Condom

It prevents the unwanted pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS.
There are no side effects, except if you are allergic to latex rubber or to the lubricant.
Male condoms are available at all government hospitals, ICTC, ART, STI clinics, pharmacies and supermarkets.
No, only one condom is sufficient.
Yes, in order to avoid infection to your partner
No, Condom use will not reduce sexual pleasure
Check the expiry date on the pack and any tear before you use it. For further queries contact 1800 419 1800 (Toll Free).