HIV Testing in the Philippines – What you need to know and what you must know.

HIV Testing in the Philippines – How to get tested.

The Department of Health now ranks Philippines as one of the countries that has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world with a prevalence rate of 5% nationwide. There is a 20-25% prevalence rate in Metro Manila and 15-20% prevalence rate in Cebu. This rate dwarfed the prevalence rate in South Africa, which has the largest population of HIV positive individuals in the world, with a mere 4.7%. Prevalence rate refers to the percentage of individual affected by the disease at specific time. With that in mind, we can say that right now, in a population of 110 Million Filipinos, there are 5.5 Million individuals currently living with HIV.

Mere 5 years ago when I started making this blog, The Philippines is a low prevalence country with less than 1% of the population affected by HIV. This rapidly growing epidemic if left uncontrolled will eventually make The Philippines at par with South Africa with 1 out 10 individuals affected with HIV. So what went wrong? As a nurse with 15 years experience handling HIV cases and working actively with HIV positive individuals, here are my personal conclusions, do take note that this conclusions are not even close with the official conclusion of the Department of Health on why HIV became a rapidly growing epidemic in The Philippines. I personally think that their conclusion is too traditional and not in touch with the modern activities of our youth.

  1. DOH says that the resistance of the Church to some forms of birth control is a contributing factor on the HIV epidemic right now. I say that HIV is most commonly seen in the young population. A population that makes their own decision and is rebellious to the church teachings. Though the Church could have cause some sort of contribution, I do believe that the lack of sex education in our school particularly to our youth is a more blameable culprit than the Church. Did you know that people ages 14 to 30 makes up the 95% of newly diagnosed HIV cases each month and the median age of affected individual for the last 5 years is just 28 years old?
  2. DOH says prostitution or sex for money is a contributing factor of the epidemic and should be eradicated. I say that, prostitution cannot be eradicated. Since the dawn of human civilization, there is prostitution and it is something that is very hard to control much less eradicated from our society. What DOH can do is to provide an ID system and free monthly checkup to our sex workers to protect them as well as the people that they serve. This will also encourage the client to only have sex with a “clean” sex worker. This will also further educate our sex workers on proper ways of protecting themselves from different sexually transmitted infection as well as unwanted pregnancy.
  3. DOH says that persons under 18 who wants to test for HIV should require parental consent. I say that, I have clients with HIV at age 13, 14, 15… and that is because of failure in health promotion. The accessibility of casual sex thru apps like Grindr and other dating apps makes it very easy for 2 complete strangers to have sex consensually and thus, spreading the virus like wildfire to our young and techie population. These individuals would never dare to ask their parents permission to go with them and get tested, our culture against premarital sex and our bigotry against the LGBT makes it impossible to do so. HIV testing should be accessible to ANYONE at ANY AGE on their own volition.

THE CURRENT STATISTICS (2017)

It is estimated that there 1,000 reported HIV cases per month since the 6 months of 2016. At that rate, we can assume that there are 30 to 50 reported HIV cases daily. This does not include unreported cases. Unreported cases are HIV positive individuals who do not know they are infected. The epidemic growth rate is about 200% per year. This means that if not controlled, we could see a tenfold growth of HIV cases (300-500 cases per day) within the next 10 years.

– DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

HOW TO GET TESTED: HIV TESTING IN THE PHILIPPINES

One of the most important thing to do to prevent transmission is knowing your status. HIV is a very controllable disease as long as it is detected early and has not yet done major damage to your organs most specially the Liver, Kidneys and the Brain. There are many ways of getting tested for HIV in the Philippines. We will discuss each of them, one by one including their advantages and disadvantages.

I. Hospitals

Testing by going to hospitals is one of the most common means of getting tested. There are 5 hospitals in our country that specializes with HIV counseling and testing as well as referrals in case you tested positive and needing further treatment. In no particular order: RITM, San Lazaro Hospital, St. Lukes Medical Center both in Quezon City and Global, Makati Medical Center and Medical City in Ortigas. Do take note that the cost for HIV testing is around 1,100 to 3,800 in the private hospitals I mentioned.

PROS: If done correctly, results are very accurate. This is also the only results acknowledged in various employment and immigration requirements.

CONS: There is always an issue with regards to privacy and confidentiality getting tested  in any hospital. Though privacy is protected by our health care professionals, there are many incidents of information leakage caused by poor protocol with regards to transfer of information such as students getting free access to medical records without permission or a slip of tongue during a conversation of one of the member of the health care team handling the HIV case. Hacking is another risk when it comes to electronically stored medical information and records of medication being dispensed from the Pharmacy and to whom.

When it comes to public hospitals, though uncommon, there are recorded cases of results being switched between patients. It is not unheard of that a certain person tested positive though in reality, he is negative simply because a specimen sample was incorrectly labeled with his name. Lapse in judgment and concentration of our overworked and underpaid medical professionals is the main culprit in most cases.

II. Free tests done by Volunteer groups

HIV Test Philippines
We have friendly, volunteer groups that do testing for free. You can call them and schedule a visit and let them know that you are interested in getting tested.

LOVE YOURSELF MALATE HUB
#1850 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila.
Contact: 353-8922

LOVE YOURSELF ANGLO HUB
Unit 5, 3/F, Anglo Building, #715-A Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
Contact: 0915-366-5683

PROS: Free and they offer counselling as well. Staff are very friendly, professional and trained.

CONS: Privacy and result confidentiality are concerns when it comes to free and public testing. Though trained, innocent conversations could lead to information leakage both consciously and unconsciously. There are cases wherein a Volunteer saw a recently positive patient in the mall and told his friend that “That guys just tested positive yesterday.”

III. HIV testing kits

HIV Testing in The Philippines Home Kit

Advanced home test kits like Fujibio HIV kit has 99.9% accuracy similar to that of Hospital based testing.

Testing kits are widely used as the main method in HIV detection in some hospitals and hygiene clinic. All free testing done by volunteer groups uses HIV test kits. HIV testing hubs also uses HIV kits. Medical missions and workplace testing will usually use HIV testing kits. They are easy to use with result at 99.9% accuracy seen in mere 10 minutes. The common brands in The Philippines are Fujibio and SD Bio. Fujibio is Japanese made while SD Bio is Korean made. Both should give an accurate result with 99.9% certainty similar to that of hospital based testing. Only Fujibio HIV test kits are the only one you can buy online.

PROS: Very easy to use and results are very accurate. I would personally recommend testing using test kits first as to give you an accurate idea of your status before going to the hospital. That way, you will know that you will test negative or positive in advance privately. It is also very convenient and you are assure that only you will know the result. Fujibio hiv test kits being sold online also offers free counseling.

CONS: Since the person that bought the kit will usually test himself or herself, Anxiety could lead to testing delay. Some people will contemplate for weeks before using the test kits and then eventually forgets that he bought one.

 


A positive HIV test using an HIV Home Test Kit

I TESTED POSITIVE. WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

If you used any of my recommendations above in getting tested and you tested positive, DO NOT DESPAIR. HIV is a very controllable disease and achievement of undetectable viral load is the treatment goal. Living a normal life is very possible with HIV as long as treatment is started and adherence to the treatment regimen is established. We have 2 options in getting treated.

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)

RITM is the premiere and the leading facility in The Philippines when it comes to antiretroviral drug distribution as well as treatment for HIV patients. This should be your first choice in obtaining confirmatory results and further treatment if the initial testing result was positive. RITM is more specialized than San Lazaro and could deal with serious HIV related complications such as Mycobacterium Bovis infection as well as cryptococcal infection of the brain.

For commuters:

  1. Take a bus or van going to Alabang.
  2. Look for the Muntinlupa Fire Station.
  3. Ride a UV express/van or a multicab with a Filinvest Ikot route in front of the Orange Building and Festival Mall just besides the fire station.
  4. Tell the driver to drop you off at RITM.

Total estimated fare cost: 60 -120 Pesos.
For private vehicles:

  1. Proceed to SLEX.
  2. Exit at Filinvest.
  3. Turn left after the toll gate.
  4. RITM is just at the right side.

Process:

  1. Ensure that you arrive before 7:00 A.M for baseline testing. You will not be entertained if you arrive late.
  2. Once inside, simply proceed to the ARG clinic.
  3. Register.
  4. Proceed to the cashier and pay 150 pesos for the orange patient sheet.
  5. Proceed to ARG and await for your name to be called.
  6. CD4 testing for positive patients are available after 1:00 P.M except during Wednesdays and weekends.
  7. Distribution of antiretroviral drugs are given monthly. Maximum supply for 1 month is dispensed at the given schedule.
  8. Drugs should be free and is subsidized by Philhealth.

The Thai Red Cross Research Center

If you have the budget of about 25,000 pesos every 6 months, a possible alternative is getting tested and treated in Thailand. The Thai Red Cross Aids Research Center is one of the most advanced HIV treatment facility in the world eclipsing RITM. They use the most advanced drugs that you need to only take once a day as compared to a cocktail of 2-3 medications that the Philippines still uses. Blood works such as CD4 testing is around 500 pesos and results are ready in 3 days. The medications used in TRCARC are the best medications available and is very cheap, it will only cost you about 10,000 pesos for your 6 months supply. This same medication costs about 80,000 per 1 month supply in the United States. It is cheaper in Thailand because it is subsidized by the Thai Government. You can only purchase 6 month supply of the drug as they will require you to come back every 6 months for monitoring your health status. This advanced medication is only taken once a day and has very little side effects. They look like Centrum tablets.

HIV Thailand Treatment

The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre
Address: 104 Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
(5 minutes’ walk from the Rajdamri BTS station and Silom MRT station)

Tel. (+66) 2-256-4107-9
Fax: (+66) 2-254-7577
Website: www.trcarc.org

DISCLAIMER: We here at HIV Test Philippines testify that opinions we expressed above are based on what we believe are facts. We are not paid by nor endorsing RITM, TRCARC and other hospitals or products mentoined above. Information above are based on what we think are best with regards to getting tested in the Philippines. Contributors here at HIV Test Philippines are HIV Counselors and are working actively for more than 5-15 years in HIV clinics in the Philippines.

Comments

  1. Zhackchak says:

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  2. J Vicente says:

    Lira Suangco of the Public Attorney’s Office is positive for STD

  3. sad says:

    sa mga nag bigay nang payo sa akin salamat sa inyo..pero pasencya na din po kasi d ko talaga kaya mag salita sa asawa ko😭😭😭

    • Bill says:

      sir sad musta ka na?? anu na update sau musta mga anak mo?

      • sad says:

        ito nilalagnat silang tatlo tapos nag ka singaw ..inuubi din dalawa anak ko..tapos nag pa tesr ako kanina pang 120 days ko using sd bioline 3.0 hiv 1 and hiv 2..NR parin..balak ko mag pa check up kami tatlo kung may pera na..

  4. im nervous says:

    hello po pagpalagi po ba nagkakasingaw means my hiv na ?

  5. Anie says:

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  6. Jm says:

    Hello admin. Pwede ba ako mahawaan if yung partner ko may tulo at ako wala. Pwede ba akong mahawaan kahit bj bj lang ang gagawin namin? Thank you

  7. Jj says:

    May possible po ba na mag Reactive ung result for 90days but NR for 60days? Thank you po sa sagot

  8. Flappypink says:

    Good day! My last unprotected sex was 4 months ago. Though i’m not really concerned wla nmn ako mga symptoms so far. Nag donate kami ng dugo sa isang hospital na nag blood donation program with redcross with my classmates nung first week of june. If ever ba may HIV ako lalabas yun sa testing ng redcross? How long kaya nila tatawagan if ever positive sa hiv or other std? If walang tawag with in the month im safe?

  9. Ako says:

    Helo good morning gusto ko lang share to..last september nagkita kami ng bf ko alam na may nangyari then nito may till june nagkita kami ulit umuwi siya sabi skn positive daw siya sa chlamydia test nung mag pa test aq negative naman lahat kasu wla pa offer skn na mgpa chlamydia test alam ko nmn na may naka sex aq habang wla siya pero feeling k lang ahh wla nman reklamo ang boy skn nung may pangyayari sa amin ng bf ko sobra sakit sa pempem naisip ko baka kasi lagi namin ginagwa after few days wala nmn pinapahilot k puson ko pag nakahiga kami wla nman aq makita mga sign kng merun ang mga infection

  10. Kyyla says:

    Hi guys. May share lang po ako, kase me and my partner ( my bf ) were virgins until we decided to do anal sex. Yes, virgin kame pareho at wala kaming alam about sa kung anong makukuha sa pakikipag sex. So sa dala ng init ng katawan namin dahil sa soft touch na nangyare. We both decided to have sex pero dahil sa takot kong nakuha nya virginity at mas sa takot kong masaktan kase ang alam ko masakit sa pempem sabe ko ayoko sa pempem kase magdudugo daw tapos mahapdi sabe ng iba na naririnig ko lang. Tapos we decided to watch porn, yes we did. Tapos nakita namin sa isang video sa mag anal sex. Tapos ginawa namin yon kakaiba nga yung pleasure, and then wala kaming knowledge hindibkame nakagamit ng condom nangyare na saamin ng paulit ulit yon. Right after non nagkaroon ng ng ibang bowel movements ako. Natatakot ako kase pagka search ko if ano mangyayare after ng anal sex pwede daw magka HIV OR STD. SOBRANG natatakot ako.hays pano na kaya 😢

    • Utin Bilat says:

      hindi biglang sumosulpot ang HIV or STD sa mga taong wla nito… unless kung isa sa inyo may nakuhang HIV dati from needle prick injury or sa tattooing… or di kaya nanay nio may HIV at nakuha nio at childbirth…

  11. Otaku says:

    After 3 years of unprotected sex with different guys i guess this is it. Marami akong naka one night stand maybe in just a one month nakaka 15 na lalaki ako way back 2016 same goes to year 2017 SIGURO MATATAWAG KO SARILI KO NA MANIAC kase di ako makapali pag di makapag sex And i even do 3 some and lessen na sa 2018 but some of symstoms had eventually appeared like chills, night sweats, skin rushes etc. at nung 2016 nagkaroon ako ng UTI which i thought was it but iba e kasi mahapdi tas may sugat so in my concern i stopped doing what i used to do. Ginawa ko i took boku juice and took garlic for 3mons and thankfully nawala na but in the year 2018 bumalik ulit ako sa pagiging obsessed sa sex and so until this year 2019 but before that 7 months din akong hindi dinatnan ng regla. Nung april lang ako ni regla right after ko makipag sex (one night stand) and kakaiba regla ko grave sobrang baho ng duho yung ROTTEN SMELL? ganun yung amoy gang sa natapos regla ko i bare it for almost 2mos na ganun ang amoy and this month June hindi na ako makapakali kasi feeling ko lumala na may kakaiba na kasi like unusual discharge and just this afternoon right after i took a bath out of my curiosity itinignan ko vagina using a mirror and a phone which so ayun na nakita ko may BUMPS , REDNESS and puti puti. YEP, I HAVEN’T GONE TO ANY HOSPITAL YET TO GET TESTED. natatakot ako. Diko alam ano gagawin ko. What if my parents would know about this ano na lang? But yeah I’m pretty sure I AM POSITIVE. HUHUHUHU

    • Otaku says:

      Nung 2018 7mons ako di ni regla i was diagnosed with PCOS yun sabi ng OB ko lumobo ako but this year lang bigla po akong pumayat. 63kg from the year 2016-2017 , 2018 -60kg (December reference weight guide) at ngayung 2019 this mon lang no heavy exercise kain tulog but i lost 6kg in just 5mos naging 54kg na lang ako. Pati mga kakilala ko nagtaka kung bakit bigla akong pumayat nagtatanung sila kung ano ginawa at take ko. (kain tulog lang talaga no diet pils or whatsoever)

  12. hays says:

    bakit hindi na tulad ng dati yung mga nagbibigay ng payo dito? last 2017 ang babait dito tapos tinutulungan nila dahil alam na mn nilang hindi madali kalabanin ang anxiety at depression. KAYONG MGA NAGAGALIT KUNG MY NAGTATANONG KUNG AYAW NYO SAGUTIN WAG NA NAG COMMENT NG MASAMA NA SABIHANG “DI KABA NAGBABASA SA TAAS AT KUNG ANU2 PA” PUMUNTA YAN SILA DITO PARA ATLEAST MABAWASAN ANG TAKOT NA KANILANG NARARAMDAMAN. PURO KAYO SABI NG “MGA PAGULO” SUS SA TINGIN NYO BA SA KALAGAYAN NILA NGAYON MY BALAK PA SILA MAGPAGULO? PUMUNTA SILA DITO PARA MAKAHINGI NG TULONG PERO KUNG AYAW NYO WAG NUO NANG I BASH KASI NAKAKADAGDAG PA KO SA DEPRESSION NILA. KUNG AYAW NYO TUMULONG EDI WAG. MERON NAMAN JAN NA MY MAGANDANG LOOB NA TUTULONG PARIN. D AKO DITO NAGPAPAKAHERO OR WHAT. ALAM KO KASI YUNG FEELING NG MGA ANXIETY KAYA NAIINTIDIHAN KO SILA. GODBLESS. SHARE LOVE.

  13. PrettyInnocentBoi says:

    Pwede po ba mahawa ng hiv kahit po yung partner hiv negative?

  14. Lira Suangco says:

    If you have STD, safe to breastfeed?

  15. Lira Suangco says:

    If you have STD, can you breastfeed?

  16. sad says:

    ka yong.mga putang ina dito na nag mamagaling..kala mo kung sino ding magaling..wag na.masyado mag magaling uu magaling kana bubu na kami..eh anu ngayon..purket may e cocoment sa about symptoms react ka agad..putang ina ka pala ehh..dami mo sat2 pre..kita tayo pre..suntokan tayo. 09509564264

  17. jpox says:

    isa kang piste aniMal Ka

  18. Helen says:

    Kakatapos ko lng Ng sakit..rashes all over the body ..lymph nodes behind the ear headache body aches sore throat …halos lhat Ng sinearch kng sign Ng hiv meron ako…ibg sbhn b nito positive na qo?acute n aba pag lhat Ng signs meron ka?nataatkot na qo mgpatest!

    • Klangsz says:

      Only way to find out is magpatest po. Do not be afraid

      • Helen says:

        San Po ba mgpapatest at how much?

        • Marx says:

          basa basa din po… andun sa taas lahat ng impormasyon… backread ka din, ung mga sinasabi mo same lng ng sinasabi ng ibang mga panggulo dito… ung mga taong may mga symptomas kuno..

          • Helen says:

            Kaya nga Po nkikigulo Kasi meron symptoms na nraramdaman di ba?nkikigulo ba ko if Wala ako nraramdaman?for what tong comment section kng di mkpgcoment?

          • kon says:

            concerned users are not obliged to reply. ano ba expectations mo? magbigay kami ng diagnosis?

            backread and you’ll see the very same question you have. good luck.

          • sad says:

            putang ina kasi yang marx kuno na nurse magaling kuno..putang ina mo din kasi masyadi ka din magaling..putang ina mu..isa kang walang silbi din dito kubg alam mu lang..kung isa na mang counselor wag mu na ipag patuloy yan kasi hindis talaga vagay sayo..isa ka lang na nag papatunay na discrimination..putang ina kaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Marx says:

            may sinabi ba ako na nurse ako? di ko yata matandaan… galit na galit ka yata pre… kalma lng… pa ulit2 kasi tanong mo… pa ulit2 din payo namin sayo… pa check sa doctor.. o pacheck sa ibang doctor.. hintayin ang 6mos para super sure… nilagnat ang mga anak mo, sabi ko pacheck sa doctor bka dengue… totoo naman maulan ngayon… dengue season na… o ano pa? tinanong mo kung nakakahawa ang laway… sabi nman dito hindi.. pa ulit ulit lng dba? Well, putang ina mo din! kung ngka leche2 buhay mo, consequences yan sa pagiging cheater mo!

        • ryder says:

          helen san ka ba malapit marami naman mapag tetestsan, pa test ka para sure pero wag ka masyado mag isip ok wala yan

    • Harot says:

      Helen, kung binasa mo ang article sa taas, hindi mo kailangan magcomment para magtanong kung saan pwede magpakonsulta. At kung binasa mo talaga ang article sa taas at nagbackread ka, malalaman mo na hindi diagnostic clinic ang thread na to at hindi mo na kailangan magcomment para sa listahan ng symptoms mo. May acute ka pang nalalaman.

      • sad says:

        isa ka pang. hinayipak ka..nag mamagaling ja din..hibdi mo alama kung san ka din galing..piste ka
        Hindi mo.nalang ituro kung anu dapar gawin tang ina ka..ganyan talaga kayo pputang ina nyo..piate

        • Harot says:

          Ang gusto mo pala ay ituro sa yo ang gagawin mo. Pero diba ginawa na yan ng mga readers? Kung hindi ka masaya sa gabay nila, ganito ang dapat mong gawin.

          1. Sabihin mo sa partner mo, na dahil sa katarantaduhan mo at kamangmangan mo, gumamit ka ng sex worker na walang protection.
          2. Sabihin mo sa partner mo na dumaan ka na sa maraming tests at NR ang test results.
          3. Sabihin mo sa partner mo, na dahil sa mga “sintomas” mo, mas gusto mong maniwala na HIV infected ka kahit taliwas sa test results.
          4. Sabihin mo sa partner mo na natatakot ka na maaaring “nahawaan” mo siya pati na mga anak mo.
          5. Humingi ka ng patawad. Pwede kitang bigyan ng script.
          6. Que pinatawad ka o hindi, dalhin mo ang pamilya mo sa doktor para malaman at malunasan ang karamdaman nila.
          7. Balitaan mo kami dito sa magiging diagnose ng doktor sa partner mo at mga anak mo para may matutunan din kami sa karanasan mo.

          Pasado na ba ang itinuro ko? Ito ba ang hinahanap mo? Sana nakatulong ako.

  19. Ivan says:

    Where can i buy hiv tester?

  20. Anxiety attack says:

    Siguro this july or august na ako magpatest para sa conclusive result. Yung last exposure ko kasi nung may 29 2018 pa then nag patest ako ng first week ng november 2018 at NR sa HIV, Hepa A and B at syphilis ung result pero 1yr and 2weeks narin nakakalipas to kelangan ko pang magpatest for peace of mind, sana NR parin ako natatakot talaga ako 🙁 kakainis siguro ako lang gumagawa ng sakit ko dahil sa pagsesearch ko ng symptoms, lagi kong kinwkapa lymp nodes ko kung normal ba pero normal naman sya lahat, sa behind ear ko medyo lumaki pero hindi masakit siguro sa sipon ko lang yon, at minsan pag nasa inuman ako at sobrang lasing kinabukasan nilalagnat at nagkakadiarhea pero 1 day lng naman pag iinum ng gamot para sa sakit. Hays nababaliw talaga ako lalo na ayokong makahawa at sana negative parin result ko huhu lagi akong nagppray every night na sana negative ako. Minsan nalilibang ko sarili ko pero di ko parin matanggal sa isip ko yung mga symptoms, konting karamdaman hinihinala ko agad itong hiv. Hays hirap talaga kapag paranoid ka.

    Naghahanda na ako for my last check up I’m hoping na negative or NR ang result.

  21. Harot says:

    Since page 131or 132, I have been playing like a broken record making comments “seek professional services and get tested”. There is a story behind it.

    Due to my lapse in judgement (or my stupidity) I got exposed 2nd week of October 2018. The morning after greeted me with regrets and a lot of “what ifs”. With a little research, I learned about the “window” or the time from exposure to the time when infection can be detected already. It devastated me because I had to wait 3-6 months for a conclusive test result. I waited and waited.

    The 7 months and 1 week post-exposure were my most harrowing and horrific times. I am guilty of being obsessed with web search, including this thread which I left at one point, looking for symptoms though I never experienced any. Not even diarrhoea. Month of May, after mustering the courage, I went to a free testing clinic and I can still remember the fear and shame inside me as I entered the premises. In my effort to conceal much of my face, I wore a hoodie, baseball cap and glasses on a sunny day when I went for the test.

    When my number was finally called for the test result, I was escorted by the counsellor to that little room. Yes, that little room or cubicle or enclosure or whatever. I wanted earth to swallow me alive at that moment.

    NR.

    My own takeaways from the experience:

    1. At one point, one has to muster the courage to get tested especially if exposure happened. It is never easy.
    2. Health science and technology are catching up. Before, one has to endure waiting days to get the results.
    3. Stigma happens because of misconceptions, exchange of unreliable information and lack of awareness – among other things.
    4. Safe sex. Safe sex. Safe sex.

    • Klangsz says:

      Hi Harot, by exposure, what does it mean? Last time you had unprotected sex? Or last time you had unprotected sex with someone infected? Sorry im new to this 🙂

    • Once says:

      Hi Harot. Buti ka pa kinaya mo magpatest. Ako kasi grabe takot ko. Kinakain na ko ng anxiety. Kahit na di naman nya napasok sa anal ko kasi masakit. Pag-pinapasok nya sobrang sakit tapos nahuhugot din naman still kinakabahan ako. Alam ko sinagot nyo na na hindi ako mahahawa pag di naman napasok pero grabr takot ko. Help me.

  22. Cristal says:

    Masyado akong paranoid kasi wala naman talaga ibang symptoms at matagal naman na kami ng bf ko. 3yrs at kami lang naman ang magkapartner.. pero baka lang kasi ung mga prior partners ko. Nad kapag kasi nagiintercourse kami ng bf ko may odor afterwards kahit week ago na nakalipas after my period. And minsan may irritation din ako sa anus. (Pero baka allergy) pero nagpa oby nadin naman ako..kaso i want to be sure..So i ordered fujibio hivtestkit.. and I feel relieved now. Its negative..

  23. hays says:

    pwde po ba magtanong kung anung doctor ako lalapit para magpacheck for stds?

    • Harot says:

      Infectious disease MD. Check the directory of hospitals. You will find one.

    • Harot says:

      Hays,

      February 1, eto yung sinulat mo

      “Hi po. kakagaling ko lng po sa lagnat then nawawala po yung gana kung kumain at bakit po kaya na nagkakadiarrhea ako ngayun. mga 3 days na po yata. hiv na po kaya ito? huhu sana po hindi please.”

      “Hi po. last dec. 2018 po nagsex kmi ng gf ko then ngayong january nagsex uli kmi then after 1 or 2 days nagkaflu sya at nahawa ako. mga 3 days na lagnat po at ngayon inuubo na lng kmi. patulong po pls. mahina po katawan ko dahil wala akong gana kumain. ano po dapat ko gawin upang mabilis akong gumaling.”

      More than 4 months na, hindi pa rin resolved? Wala ka pa ring ginawa? O panggulo lang?

      • hays says:

        opo sorry po pero takot ako magpatest eh. pero try ko po muna bumuli ng kit kasu d ko alam kung paanu at wala pang pera. hindi po ako pagulo dito. nagduda lng po ako dati kasi nagka red bumps ako sa likod then dun na nagsimula ang anxiety ko dahil my kaibigan ako nurse student tapos bigla lng hiv symptoms ang topic which ia rashes. sa subrang kaba ko po sinabi ko sa parents ko at nagpaderma kmi tapos sabi ko nya insect bites daw tapos tinanong ko baka hiv rashes tu tapos sabi nya hindi tapos nagpadoctor ulit kmi ganun dn sabi insecta bites gd pero sa subra kong iniisip nagka anxiety na ko sa hiv. hindi namn po ako active sa sex eh…sana po hindi po ito

      • Marx says:

        Tingin ko Harot isang tao lng yan… yang mga “panggulo” dito… kainis tlga yang signs and symptoms na pagtatae/diarrhea.. haha!

        Hays, may contact number ng Fujibio sa taas: 0915-366-5683 … marunong ka ba magtext?

        • Harot says:

          Oo nga eh, Marx. While we advocate for medical testing, diagnosis and counselling, some shady characters will suddenly appear or resurrect. Haaay. Ganon talaga. Patience and more patience.

  24. sad says:

    okay po..d na ako mag comment dito..😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

    • Ungas says:

      Kala ko ba di kana magcocomment dito? Wla kang word of honor

    • ryder says:

      sad naiintihan ko nararamdaman mo kasi pare pareho lang naman tau nag aalala pero sana kung nr ka wag ka muna mag isip isip ng kung ano ano, kung nanghihina katawan mo palakasin mo lagi ka magdasal ka sad, wala yan wag mo isipin mga bagay na yan humingi ka ng tawad at magpasalamat ka sa dyos na nabuhay tau, lahat tau na nandito nagbibigayan ng simpatya sa bawat isa,

  25. sad says:

    😭😭😭nag ka singaw yong dalawang anak ko ngayon halos ma balot na yong bibig nya sa singaw at may mga rushes na lumabas sa buong katawan..😭😭

  26. GirlBoyBaklaTomboy says:

    Hello po.
    Ano po result nito.. Chinese po kasi ung instruction..
    imgur.com/a/KB7gtTP

  27. hays says:

    To sad

    naiintindihan kita sad. ganyan dn ako kapag my nagkakasakit kinakabahan ako na baka nahawa ko sila . kasi last year my naka deep kissing ako tapos nagkadiarrhea sya mga 5 days tapos ngayon my nakasex ulit ako tapos nagkadiarrhea na naman uli. siguro positive ako pero wala pa rin ako nagpatest. buti kapa nga nr na result m eh. ako minsan nakakalimutan ko na about sa hiv peri kapag my nararamdaman na naman ako ulit like ngayun my singaw nanaman ako which is dati lagi akong sinisingaw bumabalik na naman anxiety ko at nagvivisit dito. Pray lng tayo na sana maging healthy lng tayo. Sana negative rn ako sa mga sakit. Amen. Godbless.

    • Aaron says:

      Try muna po mag pa test. Pra malaman ung status mo.incase kc na positive ka magagawan agad ng paraan Yan. Maawa ka dun sa mga taong makakasex m unfair Ng ginAgawa mo.
      Just saying save.ur life n also save anothers. Know ur status.

  28. Once says:

    A week after ng unprotectex sex may symptoms na bang nalabas?

  29. Once says:

    A week after the unsafe sex lalabas na symptoms?

  30. sad says:

    guys wala ba talaga mahahawa sa laway lang..kasi yong dalawang anak ko at asawa ko sabay2 sila nilalagnat ngayon..pang 3 araw na..😭

    • marcus15 says:

      letcheng tanong yan nkakainis haha

    • Bro try mo magpacheck sa doctor baka kung ano anong sakit lang yan… Stop worrying bro d yan mkakatulong… Pray lng… Read bible for peace of mind… Nothing is impossible with the Lord if you believe… Rely your day with the Lord always… Guni2x lng yan sayo… D knaman mamamatay pag may hiv ka… Trust the Lord lng… Nr na yan bro… The Lord will forgive you, turn away from your sins…. And rely on him always… When you don’t know what to do, go with him. Even in good times thanks him… Always….

      • sad says:

        😭😭okay lang sana bro sa akin lang sakit natu pati asawa at anak ko nahawaan ko na..nilalagnat sila ngayon talto inuubo pa..hirap din sila maka tulog yong dalawa anak ko hinang hina na..hindi ko na alam gagawin ko kung panu ko sabihan yong asawa ko huhu..mahirap maipaliwanag sa kanya..😭😭pero salamat sayo bro..

    • Utin Bilat says:

      ..galing mo mka research sa signs and symptoms noh? may pa low rbc at low wbc ka pa… pero “mode of transmission” ng hiv hindi mo niresearch.. pacheck ka nga sa doctor bka dengue yan..

    • kon says:

      I think you are afflicted with 3rd degree insanity. trust me.

      kon
      PhD in Internet Retardation

    • Harot says:

      Sad,

      Pwede ka bang pakiusapan nang maayos? Siguro naman alam mo na marami nang naiinis sa yo, isama mo na ako.

      Since May 9 mo pa inilalapit dito ang karamdaman mo. Marami na ang nakabasa ng kalagayan mo. May mga nagbigay na ng guidance. May mga nagbigay na ng sympathy/emphathy. Idagdag mo pa ang mga dasal na ibinibigay sa yo. Tested NR ka na sa huling test.

      Mas lalo kang matakot kung hindi mo dadalhin sa doctor ang partner at mga anak mo para malaman talaga ang tunay na karamdaman nila na hindi mo makukuha dito. Humanap ka din ng ibang doctor para sa mga nararamdaman mo.

      Hindi mo alam kung paano mo sasabihin sa partner mo? Hindi rin namin alam pero maging tao at magpakatao ka sa pamilya mo.

      I am writing this giving you the benefit of the doubt about your real intentions here. Please. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

      PS. Ang hirap isulat ng comment na ito. Grrrrrr!!!

  31. Tsq says:

    Do they release the hiv result online sa hi precision or dapat kunin personally. What does it mean pag sinabing nakaleave daw ung counsellor kaya di mabigay result. Nagpositive kayaun? Holiday daw kase today and skeletal force sila. Thanks

    • Marx says:

      di naman ibig sabihin nag positive.. whatever the result, they are required to do counselling when you retrieve the result

      • Tsq says:

        Thank you so much… pero a 63 day negative fujibio 3rd generation kit is highkybreassuring na, don’t you think? Highly unlikely to change onwards? And ano ung 5 percent daw ng mga tao na di nag seseroconversion after 6 weeks? Thank you again. Nakakakaba kase kahapon pa ung extraction sa hinprecision tapos wala result today. Maybe kase ngabsa reason mentioned…

  32. Anxiety attack says:

    I’m planning to take a test for hiv in Hi-pri, how much po yon, ako kasi ung nag NR sa Loveyourself anglo after 5months exposure, I need lang for peace of mind, and I know I’ve been guilty sa pagtataksil ko, pero gusto ko talaga malaman if HIV-free ako , natatakot narin ako kasi sabi ng iba dto di pa daw conclusive ang 3 mos at hanggang 6 mos. What should I do? Should I need to take a test ? Gusto ko talaga ng peace of mimd 🙁

    • Lloyd says:

      Mura lang ang test don…aame lang namn sa anglo halos pero get tested at 6 mos pero nega na yan para matigil ka lang kakaisip.

      • sad says:

        natatakot na talaga ako yong dalawang anak ko at asawa ko nagkakasakit na sila..huhuhu

        • sad says:

          kung makikita lang kitang putang ina ka..tudokan kita para mahawaan ka din tang inaka ka..kala mu kung saan din nang galing..tang ina..

          • Ungas says:

            Si sir Lloyd ay isa sa mga magaling at realistic na nagpapayo dito… sa kanya ako humingi ng payo dati… bakit ka galit na galit Sad? iba talaga galawan ng isip mo. Hindi ka karapat dapat payuhan kung ganyan ugali mo… hahawaan mo pa? nababaliw kana nga! buti pang mawala ka na…

          • Utin Bilat says:

            maitim ang budhi mo pre… si sir lloyd ang isa sa mga pillars dito.. tapos ganyanin mo lng? magbalik loob ka na sa Dios.. dami mo ng kasalanan…

            teka, positive ka na? last week at 3mos, NR ka sabi mo… ang gulo mong kausap ha… pang-gulo ka tlga dito..

        • ryder says:

          sad pray ka lang wala yan lahat namn naranasan yan saka may mga tao nman dito na maiintindihan ka pero may mga tao din medyo makulitan ganyan talaga pag may anxiety pero sana palakasin mo katawan mo ok godbless sad

          • ryder says:

            ungas wag naman ganyan salita mo intindihin mo nalang si sad, sobra taas ng pag aalala nya saka sa mga galawan ni sad sana intindihin nalang natin lahat kahit medyo makulit na, nandito tau para magtulungan hindi para magpayabangan o magtalo, napaka iksi ng buhay para makipag talo, lahat namn tau nakaranas ng ganyan saka napakarami ng nakaka basa dito, patnubayan po tau ng dyos

          • sad says:

            salamat sayo ryder..uu kasalanan ko lahat to..dinamay ko pa anak at asawa ko..d ko na alam ang aking gagawin talaga kung panu ko naipaliwanag sa asawa at anak ko..d ko alam kung saan ako lalapit..hindi ko talaga kaya mag salita sa kanya..yong dalawang anak ko baka hindi nila kayanan ang sakit na to….😭😭😭 sana mapatawad ako sa panginoon dios sa ginawa kung ito..gusto ko nlang taposin ang buhay ko pero d ko Rin gusto mawala yong dalawang anak ko at asawa ko sa kagagawan ko😭😭😭

        • Angel Cruz says:

          Hi sad. Try to go Medical Plaza Ortigas kay Dr. Yang he’s really good . 1,700 lang kasi consultation but it really helps you a lot. Maghanap ka nang pwede mong mapagkatiwalaan sa kalagayan mo para naman maibuhos mo man lang lahat ng problema mo. And, don’t forget to pray always. 😊 Goodluck!

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