A 50-day-long campaign was launched in Erode district to spread awareness among people on HIV/AIDS and combat the stigma associated with the disease.

The Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) will organise a variety of programmes across the district to educate people about the prevention measures, antiretroviral therapy, voluntary counselling services and support programmes implemented for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Culturals, street plays and various forms of folk arts including oyilattam, karagattam and bommalattam would be organised as part of the campaign, Collector V.K. Shanmugam said after flagging off the campaign vehicle here on Thursday evening.

The campaign would primarily focus on spreading awareness on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, blood transfusion safety, issues of stigma and discrimination, and address youth and vulnerability. Handbills carrying information HIV/AIDS would also be distributed to the people, officials said. The health department screened over 84,000 people for HIV/AIDS during 2011-12. Of them, 904 people tested positive for HIV and were being given treatment, officials said and urged the people to extend their full co-operation to check the spread of the disease in the district. About 200 villages in the district would be covered during the campaign, they said.

Deputy Director of Health Services C. Sekar, Erode District AIDS Control Society Project Manager K. Sivamurugan and senior officials were present.

  • Campaign focuses on HIV/AIDS awareness

  • Health department screened over 84,000 people for HIV/AIDS during 2011-12