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Welcome to Tripura State AIDS Control Society.

Welcome to Tripura State AIDS Control Society.

Akhaura Road,Opposite to IGM hospital,
Agartala, Tripura West.
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Toll free no: 1097 (from land line)
Hello: (0381)2321614.    03812224261

Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC):

Services available in the centre are:

* Client’s registration.
* History Analysis of Patient.
* Pre test counseling.
* Blood test for HIV.
* Post test counseling.
* Referral service to – STD clinic, RNTCP centre, ART centre, CCC etc.
* Partner notification and management.
* Condom Provision.
* Follow up service to positive clients.

Locations:

* Agartala Govt. Medical College & G.B. P Hospital, Agartala.
* IGM Hospital, Agartala.
* Tripura Sundari District Hospital, Udaipur.
* Bimal Sinha Memorial Hospital, Kamalpur.
* Rajib Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Kailashahar.
* Belonia Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Dharmanagar Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Kumarghat Rural Hospital.
* Teliamura Rural Hospital.
* Bishalgarh Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Melaghar Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Khowai Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Kanchanpur Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Panisagar Rural Hospital.


Sexually Transmitted Disease (S.T.D) Clinic:

Services available in the centre are:

* Counseling
* Blood test for Syphilis Screening
* Treatment of STI/RTI with free supply of  STD drug kits (Syndromic approach)
* Referral service to ICTC, RNTCP, ART centre, free medicine etc.
* Partner notification & management
* Free condom provision

Locations:


* Agartala Govt. Medical College & G.B. P Hospital, Agartala.
* Dharmanagar Sub- Divisional Agartala.
* Tripura Sundari District Hospital, Udaipur.
* Bimal Sinha Memorial Hospital, Kamalpur.
* Rajib Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Kailashahar.
* Belonia Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Bishalgarh Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Khowai Sub-divisional Hospital.
* Sabroom Sub-divisional Hospital.


Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART):

Services available in the centre are:

* Counseling & psychological support
* CD4  count
* ART drug distribution
* Referral service to ICTC, RNTCP, CCC, link ART centre, free medicine etc.


Locations:

1. Agartala Government Medical College & GBP Hospital.

Link ART centre:

Services available in the centre are:


* Counseling & psychological support
* ART drug distribution
* Referral service to ICTC, RNTCP, CCC, ART centre, free medicine etc.

Locations:

1. T.S.D Hospital, Udaipur
2. RGM Hospital, Kailashahar


Community Care centre (CCC)

Locations:


1. Anandalok –Indranagar, Agartala.
2. Aswash- Udaipur.


Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PPTCT):

Services available in the centre are:


* Counseling & psychological support
* Treatment


Location:

1. Agartala Govt. medical College & GBP Hospital.


To spread messages on HIV /AIDS we are now connected with….


1. All the existing (ICAT Dep’t, Govt. of Tripura enlisted ) newspaper of our State
2. Cable channels (ICAT, Govt. of Tripura  enlisted )
3. F.M channels (ICAT, Govt. of Tripura  enlisted )
4. Website : ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tripurainfo.com)
5. NGO sector
6. GO sector like: Home Dep’t, Education / Higher Education Dep’t, Sports Dep’t, Transport dep’t, Social Welfare Dep’t, R.D Dep’t etc.
7. Local clubs (as peer club) through sponsorship.
8. Small NGO (for conducting Street drama, Haat Campaign, Puppet show) etc.
9. NSS (for conducting awareness campaign)
10. NYK (for conducting awareness campaign)
11. Red Ribbon Club in colleges & University (to build the network with Adolescent group).
12. Tripura State AIDS Control Society’s Quarterly Bulletin.


* Agartala Govt. Medical College & G.B. P Hospital, Agartala.
* IGM Hospital, Agartala.
* Tripura Sundari District Hospital, Udaipur.
* Bimal Sinha Memorial Hospital, Kamalpur.
* Rajib Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Kailashahar.
* Dharmanagar Sub-divisional Hospital.

 

Name of  
the District
TI Status under TSACS.
SL. 
NO
Name of TI NGOs & Address Coverage area
Dhalai 1 Prabaha Dhalai, Kulai, Ambassa, Dhalai Tripura Kamalpur, Ambassa  
& Gandacherra Sub-Div.
2 Prabaha Dhalai, Kulai, Ambassa, Dhalai Tripura Kamalpur, Ambassa  
& Longtorai Valley Sub-Div.
3 St. Vincents Welfare Society, Kathalcherra, Nepal tilla Kamalpur, Ambassa,  
Manu & Kumarghat
North District 1 Pusparaj Club, Baburbazar, Kailashahar, North Tripura. Kailashahar Sub-Div.
2 Samaj Unnayan Sanstha, Govindapur, Dharmanagar,  
North Tripura.
Dharmanagar Sub-Div.
3 Socio Economic Welfare Society, Jalabasa,  
Panisagar, North Tripura
Kanchanpur, Damcherra  
& Jampui Hill.
4 Sangadip, Dewanpassa, Dharmanagar, North Tripura. Dharmanagar Sub-Div.
5 Blind & Handicapped Association, Jail Road,  
Dharmanagar, North Tripura.
Dharmanagar Sub-Div.
South Tripura District. 1 Organization Rural Survival, EK No. Tilla,  
Belonia, South Tripura.
Belonia Sub-div.
2 Udaipur Bignan Sanskriti O Mancha,  
Neheru Super market, Udaipur, South Tripura.
Udaipur & Amarpur Sub-Div.
3 Dishari, EK No. Tilla, Belonia, South Tripura. Belonia Sub-div.
4 Nari Kalyan Samity, Khilpara, Udaipur, South Tripura. Udaipur & Sonamura   
Sub-Div.
5 Voluntary Social Development Oorganisation,  
Harian, sabroom, South Tripura
Sabroom Sub-Div.
West District 1 Village Development Team, Ganhdighat, Agartala. Agagartala AMC Area,  
Bishalgarh & Sonamura Sub-Div.
2 Voluntary Health Association of Tripura,  
Cuircuit House, kunjaban, Agartala.
Agartala, Teliamura & Khowai.
3 Minority Development Oorganization,  
South Ramnagra, Agartala.
Agartala
4 Teresa Social Welfare Organisation, Majlishpur,  
Ranirbazar, west Tripura.
Jirania, Ranirbazar  
& Champak nagar.
5 Teresa Social Welfare Organisation, Ompi Chowmuni, Teliamura, West Tripura. Khowai & Teliamura.

 

*   R.D department (Till date  600 no of SHG member trained by TSACS)
* Home Department (Till date  120 no police trained by TSACS)
* Education Department (In 200 nos. school teacher will be trained to develop the skill of students in 2010-11 financial year)
* NSS (Till date  320 no of NSS volunteer trained by TSACS)
* NYK (Till date  400 no of NYK Volunteer trained by TSACS)
* Health Department (Till date  1160 no of ASHA trained by TSACS)
* Transport Department (Till date  300 no of vehicle drivers trained by TSACS)
* Social Welfare & Social Education Dep’t (Till date  600 no of AWW trained by TSACS)

 

Some Stories of Tripura State AIDS Control Society…….

A new Intervention by TSACS: “Masti ki Pathshala”

A new concept adopted by Tripura State AIDS Control Society on 12th Jan, 2010 in the name of Masti ki Pathsha where as an ICON ZEE little champ Miss Smita Nandi delivered the messages on HIV/AIDS to the young child.. A huge number of mass too attended in the programme. Lots of activity adopted throughout the state in the open forum format likewise:

The programme observed from 12th Jan to 18th Jan, 2010 in the State

* Total 24 programme ( 1 State level, 3 District level, 20 Block level)  held in the state
* Your browser may not support display of this image. A total no of 80 lectures provided to the young throughout the state.
* Lectures provided by People representative, Project Director of TSACS, Medical Officer’s, NSS programme Officer, IEC personnel of TSACS.
* Approx 10 thousand young children participated in the fun day camp
* Activity adopted for them like Debate competition, Poster competition, Painting competition, Essay competition, Musical Chair competition, Slogan competition etc.

Local Media also responded very well by appreciating the energy and enthusiasm shown by the TSACS to generate the awareness and to inspire the young children to mobilize the society fruitfully in the coming days. We hoped this number would be increased in the coming year so that more eligible students could get the benefits from the activities.

THE paintings created by the children made it look as though 100 colors of life are playing in their hands. Children from Capital and surrounding areas attended the day camp to learn about HIV/AIDS. Though the camp was organized by TSACS, NSS programme unit take the pioneer roll to make it successful in district and block level programme.. The parents/ grandparents of those children also attended in the programme. With a hope that children can be the medium to educate the society about HIV / AIDS and also to stress the need to exercise them mixed with lot of fun.All participants had a fantastic and enriching time. It was wonderful to see the youngsters’ creativity unfold and great to see the children learnt lots of things from such kind of activities.

 

Winners of Masti ki Patshala with TSACS ICON Miss Smita Nandi on 12th  Jan,2010

Miss Nabanita Dey
DD(IEC), TSACS

Young Generation with a promising move in “WORLD  AIDS DAY”


World AIDS Day, observed on 1st December each year is a day when people around the world raise awareness on HIV/AIDS & assert their duties & responsibilities with a view to increase human co-operation & homogeneous correspondence between the mass & the HIV positive people.

On 1st December, 2009 Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS) observed World AIDS Day in collaboration with NSS Cell, Govt. of Tripura by organizing a mass rally at Agartala. Tripura SACS also observed the day by generating awareness on HIV/AIDS in 16 sub-divisions of other three districts of the state. Main purpose of the day was to bring individuals & organizations together to bring attention to the world wide challenges & consequences of global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The mass rally organized jointly by TSACS & NSS  at Agartala provided the opportunity to the Government, Welfare Organizations & individuals to focus on the epidemic by spreading awareness among the general population of the state. The kind presence of Hon’ble Minister (Forest, Industry & Rural Development), Mr. Jitandra Chodhury who flagged off the rally in Astabal Ground at around 11.30, enlightened the programme with his powerful & enthusiastic speech on  HIV/AIDS by highlighting the need of the hour . Mr. S.K Choudhury, Sports Secretary, Govt. of Tripura , Dr. Nilmani Debbarman , Ex. Director of Health Service, Govt. of Tripura, Project Director, Tripura SACS , State Liaison Officer ,NSS Cell, Govt. of Tripura delivered  motivating speeches highlighting the importance of observing the day .

More than five thousand people gathered on the day to be a part of the mass rally. The mass rally became a strong move with the large participation of students from different Colleges & Schools, NSS Volunteers, Government Officials, Eminent State personalities, NGO personnel, Media Professionals & general people. The rally followed the following route:-

* (Starting Point)  Astabal Ground – Rajdhani Hotel – Women’s College – Assembly Gate – Jackson Gate - Kaman Chowmuhani – Post office Chowmuhani -  NSRCC Ground (Ending Point).

The different activities undertaken on World AIDS days 2009 were:-


* State Level Mass Rally at Agartala.
* 16 Sub-Divisional Level Mass Rallies.
* 5000 nos. of Leaflet were distributed.
* 5000 nos. of Cap distributed bearing the message- “STOP AIDS : KEEP THE PROMISE”
* 5000 nos. of Placards bearing messages on HIV/AIDS were distributed.
* Puppet show by Tripura Puppet Theatre



The theme of the WORLD AIDS Day, 2009 was…

“STOP AIDS KEEP THE PROMISE”.


The most powerful symbol of fighting against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is the Red Ribbon which was distributed among all the participants to make everyone’s positive involvement in spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS among the general population of Tripura.

The students of different Colleges & Schools showed enthusiasm with their responsible move by carrying messages on HIV/AIDS in order to ensure a safe future of the nation.

As disease has spread from one to all, a similar combating strategy of passing knowledge from one to all is quite essential. Such a promising move can reduce the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS to a great extent.

 

Journey begins Here………

Miss. Chandrani Biswas
Consultant (Civil Society Mainstreaming)
Tripura SACS


“18th December, 2009”
The Day of formation of State Level PLHA Network in Tripura

Red Ribbon Club: “Youths – the Change Agent”

The RRC is a voluntary on campus intervention program for students in educational institutions. Through RRC, the youth are encouraged to learn about safe sex and healthy lifestyles. The RRC provides information on safe sexual behaviors and voluntary blood donation as well as encourages the youth to become change agents in HIV/AIDS program. A no. of 112 college students from different streams is now the members of RRC.

Tripura SACS already formed RRC in 4 nos. of colleges namely:


o Women’s College, Agartala
o N.S. Mahavidyalaya, Udaipur
o R.K. Mahavidyalaya, Kailashahar
o Govt. Degree College, Dharmanagar

The activities were taken:

* Inter college Debate Competition- “Sex education should be included in school/ colleges”
* Essay Competition within 300 words, the title “ HIV/AIDS- Definition, Description, Symptoms, Causes & Control measures”
* Awareness Programme on HIV/AIDS issues.
* Day Observance – Rally on World AIDS Day, International Youth Day.

Mr. Saurab Sarkar
Consultant (Youth Affairs)
Tripura SACS

Condom Promotion programme in Tripura - “Way to change Behavior”

Time and again every effort is made to promote the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS in Tripura. The current programme under NACP – III emphasizes condom as one of the key strategies for HIV prevention with focus on the high risk groups and the bridge population. These groups include female sex worker (FSW), Injecting Drug Users (IDU), Men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans-gender (TG).

Tripura SACS work with the help of TI NGOs & Service Centers to promote & supply of condoms to the High Risk Groups Bridge Population & General Population. National AIDS Control Organization responded for generic promotion, Condom procurement and supply .

In this financial year upto January, 2010 Tripura SACS distributed 17,00,000 nos. of condoms to TI NGOs & Service Centers for free supply reaches to HRGs, Bridge Population  & General Population.

Two types of Condom promotion programme is running in Tripura:-

1. Free supply of condom promotion
2. Social marketing of condom promotion programme.

* Free Supply of condom promotion –  NACO supply the condoms as per requirement.
* Social Marketing – NACO have been selected DKT for Social Marketing in Tripura.

Objective for condom promotion:-

* Increase condom use during sex with non regular partner’s which is the key to limiting HIV spread through the sexual route.
* Increase the number of free condoms distributed through STI and STD Clinics.
* Increase access to condoms, especially to men who have sex with non regular partners.


TAREGETED INTERVENTIONS PROJECT IN TRIPURA UNDER THE NATIONAL AIDS CONTROL PROGRAMME.


TI Projects & Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS):-

Progress under NACP-III:-


Under the aegis of NACO (National AIDS Control Organization), Tripura State AIDS Control Society, implementing 18 TI projects. TI are placed on various location of the State based on the concentration of High Risk Population. The population wise distribution of TI Projects and their coverage are shown in the table below:

As per guiding principle for Targeted Intervention Tripura SACS, addressing the High Risk

Populations in NACP-III are –

o Behavior Change Communication(BCC)-

1. Out Reach & Communications focusing on Peer Led, NGOs supported Out Reach & BCC.
2. Differentiated out Reach based on Risk & Typology.
3. Interpersonal behavior change communication.



o Services include promotion of condoms, Linkage to STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) services.

1. Promotion / Distributions of free condoms & others commodities i.e. lubes for MSM.
1. Providing of basic STI & health services and regular medical checkup of HRGs.

o Creating & enabling environment through:-

1. Advocacy with key stakeholders / power structure.
2. Developing crisis management systems.
3. Legal / rights education.


o Linkages to care & support services through:-

A. Linkages to others services such as –
1. Integrated Counseling & Testing Centers (ICTC).
2. Anti Retro Viral Treatment (ART).
3. Community Care Center (CCCs).
4. Creation of safe spaces (Drop in Center or DIC) for HRGs.


o Community Mobilization & Ownership building through :-

1. Collectivization.
2. Creation of a space for community events.
3. Building capacity of FSW, MSM & IDU groups to assume ownership of the programme.

Apart from that the following services rendering for IDU-

# Needle syringe exchange programme.
# Abscess management services.
# Detoxification.

Type of Intervention Estimated population Coverage (%) No. TIs as of January, 2009
FSW 9144 5800(63%) 6
MSM(Composite with FSW) 840 365(43%) 1
IDU (Composite with FSW)-1 & 1 exclusive IDU project. 940 650(IDU)(69%) 2
Migrant Labour 60000 60000(100%) 9

Service packages: - (In Tripura 18 TI projects are concentrating & working with HRG’s through NGO’s.)


1. Your browser may not support display of this image. Behavior change communications (BCC) through differential outreach communications including interpersonal behavior change communication (IPC).
2. Services through promotion/ distributions of free condoms & other commodities for safer sexual practice.
3. Providing referral services for treatment of STIs & regular Medical checkup through existing Govt. infrastructure and preferred private providers (Physician).
4. For detection of HIV status of individuals HRGs are being referred to Integrated Counseling & Testing Center (ICTC) & conduction of mobile ICTC camp when necessary.
5. HRGs are getting services from Anti Retro Viral Treatment (ART) Center, Community Care Center (CCC), and Tuberculosis (T.B.) Center on need based.
6. To assume ownership of the programme, capacity buildings are being done of High Risk Communities.
7. To reduce the Risk of acquiring & transmitting HIV among IDU community needle / syringe exchange programme, abscess management & detoxification services are being provided.

Mr. Rabendra Sen.
DD (TI)
Tripura SACS


General Knowledge for Adolescent Youth:

1. Is it safe to have sex with an HIV-positive person?
There is always a risk of transmission when having sex with a HIV-positive person. The risk can be significantly reduced if condoms are properly and consistently used.  

2. Is it safe for two infected individuals to engage in unprotected sex exclusively with each other?
No, it is not safe for two HIV-infected individuals to have unprotected sex with each other as re-infection with other types of HIV and the transmission of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can occur. Use of condoms is advised even when both partners are infected.

3. How can HIV infection be prevented?
Sexual transmission of HIV can be prevented by:

* abstinence
* monogamous relations between uninfected partners
* non-penetrative sex
* consistent and correct use of male or female condoms

Additional ways of avoiding infection:
If you are an injecting drug user, always use new needles and syringes that are disposable or those that are properly sterilized before reuse (see Question 19 ) Ensure that blood and blood products are tested for HIV and that blood safety standards are implemented. See Question 19. Question 20 and Question 21

4. What is 'safer' sex?
No sexual act is 100% safe. Safer sex involves taking precautions that decrease the potential of transmitting or acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, while having sex. Using condoms correctly and consistently during sex is considered safer sex.

5. How effective are condoms in preventing HIV?
Quality-assured condoms are the only products currently available to protect against sexual infection by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When used properly, condoms are a proven and effective means of preventing HIV infection in women and men. However, no protective method is 100% effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STI. In order to achieve the protective effect of condoms, they must be used correctly and consistently. Incorrect use can lead to condom slippage or breakage, thus diminishing their protective effect.

6. How can injecting drug users reduce their risk of contracting HIV?
For injecting drug users, certain steps can be taken to reduce personal and public health risks: Take drugs orally (changing from injecting to non-injecting drug use). Never re-use or share syringes, water or drug-preparation equipment. Use a new syringe (obtained from a reliable source, e.g. a chemist or via a needle-exchange programme) to prepare and inject drugs each time. When preparing drugs, use sterile water or clean water from a reliable source. Using a fresh alcohol swab, cleaning the injection site prior to injection.

7. Is there a cure for HIV/AIDS?
No, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. Progression of the disease can be slowed down but cannot be stopped completely. The right combination of antiretroviral drugs can slow down the damage that HIV causes to the immune system and delay the onset of AIDS.

8. What sort of care and treatment is available?
Treatment and care consist of a number of different elements, including Integrated Counseling and Testing (ICTC), support for the prevention of onward transmission of HIV, follow-up counseling, advice on food and nutrition, treatment of STIs, management of nutritional effects, prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections (OIs), and the provision of antiretroviral drugs.

9. Why should I get an HIV test?
Knowing your HIV status has two vital benefits. Firstly, if you are HIV-infected, you can take necessary steps before symptoms appear, thereby potentially prolonging your life for many years Secondly, if you know you are infected, you can take all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of HIV to others).

10. Where can I get tested?
There are many places where you can be tested for HIV: in the offices of a private doctor, a local health department, hospitals, family planning clinics and sites specifically set up for HIV testing. Always try to find testing at a place where counseling is provided about HIV/AIDS.

11. What do I do if I have HIV?
Thanks to new treatments, many people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives. It is very important to make sure you have a doctor who knows how to treat HIV. A health-care professional or trained HIV counsellor can provide counselling and help you to find an appropriate doctor. In addition, you can do the following to stay healthy:

* Follow your doctor's instructions.
* Keep your appointments.
* If you doctor prescribes medicine for you, take it exactly as prescribed.
* Get immunizations (shots) to prevent infections such as pneumonia and flu (after consultation with your physician).
* If you smoke or if you use drugs not prescribed by your doctor, quit.
* Eat healthy foods.
* Exercise regularly to stay strong and fit.
* Get enough sleep and rest.

12. Are mosquito bites a risk of infection with HIV?
HIV is not spread by mosquitoes or other biting insects. Even if the virus enters a mosquito or another sucking or biting insect, it cannot reproduce in insects. Since the insect cannot be infected with HIV, it cannot transmit HIV to the next human it feeds on or bites.

13. Can I get HIV from casual contact (shaking hands, hugging, using a toilet, drinking from the same lass as someone who is HIV-infected, or being close to an infected person who is sneezing or coughing)?
HIV is not transmitted by day-to-day contact in social settings, schools or in the workplace. You cannot be infected by shaking someone's hand, by hugging someone, by using the same toilet or drinking from the same glass as an HIV infected person, or by being exposed to coughing or sneezing by an infected person (see Question 7).

14. Does HIV only affect homosexuals and drug users?
No. Anyone who has unprotected sex, shares injecting equipment, or has a transfusion with contaminated blood can become infected with HIV. Infants can be infected with HIV from their mothers during pregnancy, during labour or after delivery through breastfeeding. Ninety per cent of HIV cases are the result of sexual transmission and 60-70% of HIV cases occur among heterosexuals.

15. Can you tell someone has HIV just by looking at them?
You cannot tell if someone has HIV or AIDS by just looking at them. A person infected with HIV may look healthy and feel good, but they can still pass the virus to you. A blood test is the only way a person can find out if he or she is infected with HIV.

16. Can I have more than one sexually transmitted infection at a time?
Yes, you can have more than one sexually transmitted infection (STI) at the same time. Each infection requires its own treatment. You cannot become immune to STIs. You can catch the same infection over and over again. Many men and women do not see or feel any early symptoms when they first become infected with an STI, however, they can still infect their sexual partner.

17. When you are on antiretroviral therapy, can you transmit the virus to others?
Antiretroviral therapy does not prevent an infected person from passing on the virus to others. Therapy can keep viral load down to undetectable levels, but HIV is still present in the body and can be transmitted to others through sexual contact, by sharing injecting equipment, or by mothers breastfeeding their infants.                            

Courtesy: UNAIDS