AIDS is caused by Human Immuno Deficiency Virus- HIV. AIDS is an infectious disease regardless of method of transmission. HIV/AIDS exists everywhere and huge number of people are at risk. The HIV/AIDS pandemic have reached massive proportions. All indications point to the situation worsening rapidly. AIDS would impair the body’s ability to fight infections. At present there is neither any effective vaccine to prevent the HIV infection nor any effective drugs to permanently cure the infection. Hence, prevention and education to all sectors of the community to be scaled up, particularly to those that are more vulnerable to HIV infection.
Pondicherry AIDS Cell was formed in 1992 and in 1994 Pondicherry AIDS Control Society was formed and it is functioning under the Chairmanship of Secretary Health. Director of Health & Family Welfare Services is the Vice-Chairman and the Project Director looks after implementation of the Programmes under the guidance of Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
Pondicherry AIDS Control Society is implementing all the Programmes under the guidance of National AIDS Control Organisation. In addition, AIDS Prevention and Control Project (APAC), is also implemented in the U.T. of Puducherry since 2001. This project is implemented under tripartite agreement (National AIDS Control Organisation, USAID, Voluntary Health Services) by Voluntary Health Services, Chennai, mainly to curtail sexual transmission of HIV through Targeted Intervention. In addition, training, IEC activities and surveys are also conducted.