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.


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.



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.

#1850 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila.
Contact: 353-8922

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


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.


  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

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.


  1. J says:

    Lira Suangco ng PAO may STD at genital warts. Magingat po.

  2. Nicole Kaye says:

    Mag iisang linggo na pong masakit yung tagiliran ko sa bandang puson at pag umiihi ako mejo nakakakiliti na unting sakit parang feeling ko Naiihi ako, nung una May lumabas na dugo kala ko meron ako kaya nagnapkin ako tas maya maya wala naman pala akong regla Tas ayun tuloy tuloy na sakit, May mga lumalabas na discharge Lang na mabaho Tas ayun nakakakiliti umihi , sa left side po yung masakit bandang puson

  3. Amon says:

    Hello guys. I have a concern. I had a contact 2 days ago. Nagdry humping ang guy and dumating yung time na he will bust na, and nailabas nya sa butthole ko. No penetration happened. Would that be a risk of HIV exposure? Thank you sa sasagot. Been bothered for days now.

  4. chongke says:

    Hi, possible po ba magka hiv kapag nag finger ka ng sex worker tapos may fresh cut ka pla sa daliri?
    Lasing kasi ako nun so after ng sex nakita ko nalang nabalatan ung daliri ko. Protected naman ung sex na halos 5 minutes lang kasi ayaw tumigas. Tapos oras non protected ung oral. Possible ba magka hiv?

  5. Raijin says:

    Pde maka hingi ng tips on having sex with someone you didnt now

  6. Qwerty says:

    Magtatanong lang po. Pwede po bang magka infection ang pag papa bj ko na hpv negative sa isang taong may hiv?

  7. Unknown says:

    Last may 13 2018 my last sex pero after 14 days i have a gonorrhea tapos nagapagmot ko ka agad and then this year march 2019 nagpa test ako sa hiv testing center . And then the result is NON REACTIVE. Safe na po ba ako nun ???

    • Klang says:

      Yes, stop worrying, it would have been detected as early as 3 months but since your last exposure was more than a year ago you can breathe now

      • Unknown says:

        Nag woworry lang po ako kasi nagkaroun po ano ng singaw sa sira kung ngipin pero nung pinabunot ko nawala na . Tapos may natitira pa kasi akong sira na ngipin di kopa nabaunot nagkaroun na naman ako ng singaw ? Conectado ba to? Or sadjang sira lang tlaga ngipin ko? 🙏 na dedepress lang tuloy ako na aapektuhan na pati pag aaral ko . Pero next week papa bunot kona .

  8. Joohn says:

    Pwede ba magkaroon ng hiv if may body fluid exchange sa hiv negative person?

  9. Gabby says:

    Possible po ba magka hiv if i gave him a bj pero first time ko lang yun? Pero hindi naman po ako lumunok ng sperm niya.

  10. Sinner says:

    Pwede pong magtanong one at a time po ba nararamdaman ito at ilang araw o buwan bago po ito maramdaman last exposure ko po is august 3.nkakaramdam ako ng muscle pain at joint pain pero mild lng sya minsan nawawala po..yung rashes din po ba ay makati po ba?nka condom naman po ako nung gumamit ako ng babae sa isang thai massages pero yung daliri ko po may konting sugat po at nahawakan ko po ari nya..malaki po ba ang risk neto isa po kasi akong seaman at firstime ko lng po ginawa ito…na paparanoid na po ako dito kung anu anu na po naiisip ko..kaya nakaka ramdam na po ako ng anxiety yung katawan ko wala na sa sigla dahil sa kakaisip..salamat po sa sagot

    mataas na lagnat
    chills o panginginig na parang giniginaw
    rashes sa katawan
    sore throat
    pagpapawis sa gabi, habang tulog
    pagkaramdam ng sobrang pagod (parang palagi na lang pagod)
    pananakit ng mga kasu-kasuan
    muscle pain
    swollen glands
    mouth ulcers

  11. PrettyInnocentBoi says:

    I am an hpv carrier, but Im still fighting the problems I am facing. Im 18 year’s, and student somebody here called me slut and I am deserving having this virus. I already admit that I made a mess but everyone give a chance this mess that brings free heart, solirarity, hope, and mess that comes from knowing Jesus and knowing God, once I know Him, is streght. Im sorry that could not message others related to your concern. Again I will open the door for everyone to help you guys. I am Pretty Innocent Boi, I will stand and raise the Awareness of HIV and Aids. Let support each other, We are one and steward of God. My new contact number is 09455736325 please contact me if you need help and please include your name in your text message. Thank you

  12. Lira Suangco says:

    Safe magbreastfeed kung may hpv?

  13. GodIsGood says:

    Hello po! Meron din po ba sa inyo nakakaexperience or nakaexperience ng symptom na laging masakit yung right side ng leeg upto the mid upper back. Para pong nerve pain. Mag 2 months na po kasi ako nakakaramdam ng ganto. Is it related to HIV infection? Maraming salamat sa mga sasagot, God bless you!

    • Marx says:

      Hindi. Kung may pagdududa, mgpa test…

      • Anxiety says:

        Sir marx tanong lang po, gumamit ako ng fujibio 12 weeks after my last exposure. Ang result is 1 line sa C.

        Safe po ba yung finger prick device ni fujibio? Medyo napaparanoid po kasi ako

        • Marx says:

          nalimotan ko na pano gamitin ang fujibio haha… bsta guaranteed safe ung finger prick device ni fujibio… hindi naman ganun kasama ang mga tao para mgpack cla ng infected na prick device.. and namamatay ang viris within seconds lng pag naexpose sa hangin… kaya SAFE YAN

          • Anxiety says:

            Thank you sa pag reply sir Marx. May tanong lang po ulit sana ako.

            1. Natry niyo na po ba ang fujibio? If yes, kailan po.?

            2. Currently saan po best clinic na mag regular check up? Balak ko na kasi mag regular check up para di ako na strestress.

          • Marx says:

            1. YES, natry na… tatlong beses yata… early this year Feb, March and April… NR po ako thank God… sir or maam, andun lng po sa taas ang video kung paano gamitin ang fujibio…

            2. Regular check-up? Bale mgpapaconsult ka cguro sa isang doctor. So mgpa consult ka sa isang Infectious Disease specialist na doctor. Halos lahat ng mga hospital may nfectious Disease specialist. Wla akong ma suggest na clinic sa iyo kasi wla ako sa Luzon. Cguro St. Lukes gusto mo? or San Lazaro ba yan….

          • Anxiety says:

            Ok po sir Marx, congratulations po sa results niyo.

            Thank you din for replying to my inquiries, kinakabahan po kasi ako dun sa finger prick device after ko gamitin ta baka contaminated.

            Pero after knowing about your results. Di na po ako kinakabahan. Thank you po ulit.

  14. Answer me says:

    I tested using fujibio, ang result is 1 line sa C after 20 minutes. Conclusive na po ba yan? 12 weeks since my last exposure.

    Kinakabahan po ako dun sa casette ng fujibio, malinis po ba ung needle niya? Iniisip ko baka contaminated.

  15. Answer me says:

    I tested using fujibio, ang result is 1 line sa C after 20 minutes. Conclusive na po ba yan? 12 weeks since my last exposure.

    Kinakabahan po ako dun sa casette ng fujibio, safe po ba un? Iniisip ko kasi baka contaminated.

  16. Michael says:

    Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is an uncommon sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.

    Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) occurs in 3 stages:

  17. Jazzy says:

    Hi is using toys without sanitizing it can give you STD? I’m barely legal and still in the closet so no actual intercourse pa. But because of curiosity I used toys and I admit I was careless na minsan hindi ko na hinuhugasan bago gamitin at kung saan saan nalang nilalagay, but not all the time. I also used lotions and moisturizers as lube. Ang tanong ko lang gaano karisky yung masturbation/penetration using objects? Ako lang naman gumagamit at hindi pinapagamit sa iba. Lately kasi may nararamdaman akong kakaiba sa katawan ko, ayokong i-assume na may sakit nga ako baka dala lang ng anxiety and overthinking to. So please I need response!!! Thanks

  18. J says:

    Lira Suangco of PAO is positive for HPV and has genital warts.
    FB: Eloisa Mae Escudero
    Cel No. 09778103866

  19. Qatarchick says:

    Hello po, last exposure is June 30, 2019. Yong NAT test ko is last September 05, 2019 at non reactive sya. Definitive na negative ako?

  20. HUMPQATAR says:

    Hello po. Last exposure ko is june 30, 2019. Yong NAT test ko is Non reactive. Negative na ba ako?

  21. Lev says:

    Hello, my last exposure was 2 months ago, i bought and tested 1 fujibio kit. Reliable po ba ung results ni fujibio?

  22. Cutie says:

    Hi po, just want to know kasi nag patest na ako ng hiv , NR naman ang result ko pero no penetration at all kiss lang and touch no bj or oral sex, just kissing that time i had my laso on my gums, nong nag patest ako 1 month pa lang ang nakalipas, hiv free na po ba ako? Kasi natatakot pa din po ako salamat po.

  23. Jeremiah says:

    Hello po

    Pa help po sa concern ko pumunta ako sa spa nag offer sa akin Yung girl therapist.
    Na nakahiga ako at unupuan ako nung girl (dry hump ) o (grinding) Yung nanyari pero may jogging pants siya na manipis at ako namn naka jeans pants at brief
    Possible ba ako na makakuha Ng HIV at STD pa help lang po guys

  24. goodboy says:

    Kaawa k nmn J ndi k makamove on.. nahawahan kb nya or naiinggit k s kanya?

  25. Worrywells says:

    Tanong lang po please answer. Safe at reliable po ba ang fujibio test kit?

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  27. Symria says:

    Guys may tendency po bang maging mali result ng Fujibio kit pag may menstruation yung girl nung time na nag test siya using fujibio? Salamat po sa pag sagot

  28. Mick says:

    Kung nag aanal sex kayo at first time nyo mag anal possible po ba na magkahiv kung anal sex lang at sure naman na sa partner mo lang ikaw nagpapagalaw

  29. AL says:

    How accurate is the test result will be after 6-8 weeks of risk exposure?

  30. J says:

    Lira Hosea Herrera Suangco @ “Iyay” is postive for STDs and genital warts. 09778103866

  31. J says:

    Lira Hosea Herrera Suangco @ “Iyay” is postive for STDs and genital warts.

  32. harit says:

    posible po ba na mag ka hiv kung nakipag talik po ako sa kapwa ko lalake? oral sex po and siguro po more than 40 times napo at the same time pinapalunok nya po ung sperm thanks po

  33. Chichum says:

    Good day po,san po makakabili nung hiv testing kit?salamat po sa mag rereply

    • Chichum ortiz says:

      na atiban po kasi ako sa isang bar dun sa thailand,uminom lang ako ng dalawang baso ng beer taz nalasing ako,pag gising ko nasa tapat na motel nako mey kasamang babae.gusto ko sana mag pa test before umuwi ng province

  34. Tulong po says:

    Last sex ko po dec 2017 gumamit po ako ng condom at inoral sex ko dn po nag pa medical po ako nung last aug 2018 negative nmn po ang result. Ngayon po iniisip ko padin po kng baka may HIV ako yun na po ung last sex ko nung last 2017 na tatakot po ako. Ano po ma aadvice nyo sakin please help

  35. ALI B. GODANGAN says:

    PEN G 1.2 imx 4 DOSES IN 4 WEEKS

    • Klang says:

      Best person to contact would be Doc Pat Shaw, their page is responsive on fb messenger so you may contact them there. None of us here is appropriate person to comment regarding your status, treatment and what not. Just search Doc Pat Shaw on messenger/fb

  36. Aqua says:

    Guys need advice makaka contract ba HIV pag hinand job at nagkiskisan Ng may shorts at walang penetration.

  37. Symria says:

    Anyone here who can help me. I got tested using Fujibio 2x. Came out Negative in both kit. my last possible exposure was in 2017. conclusive na po ba kaya yung result? Thank you sa makakasagot.

    • HB says:

      Yes, conclusive na..

      • Symria says:

        Sir. If ever po ba mag pa test ako sa hospital still negative pa din ba? baka kase mag bago pa result but Im 100% sure na 2017 last possible exposure ko. Anxiety talaga kalaban ko sir.

        • HB says:

          Yes. Kahit sa hospital ka magpatest negative yan.. That’s beyond the window period kung 2017 pa last exposure mo.. Stop worrying na.. God bless!

        • Zel says:

          Hi question lang yung boyfriend ko kase now is worried since nalaman nya na yung ex ko pala is unfaithful sakin noon and halos more than 5 girls yung naka sex. Pero ako with my ex ang last namin is Sept of 2017. So may chance padin ba ko magpositive?? But ofcourse I know best padin yung mag pa test.

          Thanks in advance

  38. Klang says:

    Thats so absurd. Bakit mo ipapasipsip sa kaibigan mo yung dugo mo? Lol anyway, we can only suggest you to go get tested. Details of satellite clinics are already indicated above. Kindly read through

  39. Mr says:

    Sir, last na nakipag sex ako 2016 and that guy is dead now cause of HIV/AIDS diko maalala kong napasok kuba penis ko sa anal nya ang naalala ko po dumikit lang tas umayaw na ako kasi galing sya ng cebu non malmang sino sinong lalaki kasama nya doon counted ba yun my HIV kaya ako i really want to get tested but i dont know where to start and how to do it and i dont have any money for medication.

  40. Mr. says:

    Maam sir pinasip sip ko po ung dugo ko sa kaibigan ko tas kong akoy mayroon HIV ung sumisip ng dugo ko magkakaroon din ba ng HIV. medyo madami po yong na sip sip nya kumalat po sa gums nya pero na limumog naman sya right after 3 minutes po ng tubig tapos nag tooth brush ABOUT 10MINS

    • Klang says:

      Thats so absurd. Bakit mo ipapasipsip sa kaibigan mo yung dugo mo? Lol anyway, we can only suggest you to go get tested. Details of satellite clinics are already indicated above. Kindly read through

      • Answer me says:

        Sir Marx please answer, reliable po ba ung Fujibio. 12 weeks since my last exposure.

        Tapos regarding sa prick device, malinis po ba un?

      • reallyanxious says:

        Im curious as to what the expert opinion is on giving handjobs with small cuts on the fingernails (nail biter) how big is the chance of getting the virus? im a side so I never experienced penetration whatsoever. Also I cant wait for 3 months to be tested, my anxiety will me.. Do I really have to wait 3 months?

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