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. Harot says:

    Basic information about HIV and testing.

    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html

  2. sad says:

    inuubo nana man ang anak konngayon pati asawa ko..huhuhu..baka aids na tapos sobrang payat na

  3. J says:

    Lira Suangco is POSITIVE for HPV. Lira Suangco lives at yellow apartment, 291 Sapang Palay Proper, 3023 San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan and working at Public Attorney’s Office Central, Quezon City.
    09778103866

  4. SureGuy says:

    Nakakatawa yung troll na SAD.. 27 ako nung last nagkaron ng possible exposure since then puro test ako hanggang mag 29y.o nakakatawa..
    Nakita ko summary nung results puro NR.. Dami ko sinayang na oras sa kakaisip at pera sa pagpapatest

    Di naman sayang yung test pero kung makilkita mo yung summary nung records paranoid nga ako kamukha ni sad..

    Pero sad 3mos. Period maniwala kayo sa results.. NR ako 3years after my risky sex with office mate.

    Patest kayo mas okay na pos result at malaman niyo kesa sa pos kayo tas pag naging aids na dun niyo malalaman..

    • sad says:

      okay lang yan sayo kasi hindi man yan risky sayo hindi man yan sex worker..

      • HB says:

        Hindi porket sex worker ang naka sex mo ay may hiv na agad.. Ang ibig sabihin ng RISKY exposure ay yung nakipag sex ng anal, vaginal, sharing of needle, nanay to bata.. Hindi yung nakipag sex sa sex worker! At utang na loob! 3 MONTHS post exposure ay CONCLUSIVE na! Wag ka magbigay ng confusion sa mga nagbbasa dto! Yung paranoia mo sarilihin mo nalang! Wag ka na mandamay sad!

        • sad says:

          nakilala ko.lanh yon sa bar..

          • Send Help says:

            hi po, positive kaya ako neto? kase isang beses siguro mga 1mo na or 3 weeks, pagupo ko sa jeep parang natusok ng kung ano yung hita ko, paguwi ko puro pantal na tapos after 1 week nilagnat ako andami kong rashes sobrang kati tas now pabalik balik yung lagnat ko nagtatae atsaka masakit po yung katawan ko, meron din akong mouth ulcer :(( Im really scared kaka 17 ko palang po

      • Harot says:

        Basic information about HIV and testing.

        http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html

      • Once says:

        Sad tama na. May sakit na pamilya mo. Imbes na pinipilit mo na may HIV pamilya mo hi.anap ka ng paraa para malaman talaga sakit nyo. Bilang padre de pamilya gunawa ka ng paraan. Imbes na nagbibigau ka ng negatibity dito wag kang tumigil hanggang sa malaman mo sakit ng pamilya mo. Maging responsable ka. Ganyan na pala nangyayare sa pamilya mo pero wala kang ginagawa. Imbes na nadito na humanap ka bg solusyon.

    • SureGuy says:

      Ou natawa din yung councilor sakin nakwento ko din si @SAD.. bihira o rare daw yung after 6mos. Or 1 year.

      3mos. daw madedetect na virus..very rare lang yung di mag pos after 3mos. kung NR result NR na yun..
      Wag kayo maniwala kay SAD..
      I use to check this page to find comfort pero tong si SAD pinaparanoid mo mga tao.. You are not helping..

    • Marx says:

      Uu… napaka BOBO niyang si Sad… wlang magawa sa buhay… wlang silbi sa mundo… sa totoo lng mas safe pa nga ung mga sex worker kesa sa mga babaeng nagpapasex lng na namemeet mo sa bar, etc… kasi ung mga sex worker may appointment yan weekly sa mga hygiene clinics…

  5. Stephanie says:

    Yes ! everyone sex worker should test HIV and STD before going to brothel etc.

  6. Karmela says:

    Pwede ba mag pa test sa mga ob gyne ?

  7. Xoxo says:

    After exposure po, ilang months bago ma detect? Whos planning to get tested? Baka pwde pong makisabay from laguna po ako im 21yrs old im scared and i dont know kung pano pumunta sa Love yourself. Please help mababaliw na po ata ako ung anxiety grabe na. Gusto ko ng matpos to. 3months na akong may LBM, yellow and red discharge, right side of my head sobrang sakit, bleeding between cycles.

    • Harot says:

      Wait 3 months, then get tested anytime from 4th month onward.

      Love Yourself clinic is easy to find – right across DLTB bus terminal alongTaft Avenue near corner Gil Puyat. So if you are coming from Laguna, take the bus bound for Buendia/LRT. Gong back to Laguna, there are DLTB buses bound for Sta Cruz across Love Yourself.

      • Xoxo says:

        Can u give me the exact address? Please. Di ko po mahanap sa google maps eh. Pano po kung galing ng lucena quezon? Sa LLi po ang sakay ko. San po ako bababa?

        • Lloyd says:

          Sakay ka papunta ng gil puyat kamo…don malapit s mercury drug sgore meron don love hourself…kung lampas 3 mos kana pwede kana magpatest.
          Goodluck

        • Harot says:

          The marker is Mercury Drug and the clinic is right above it on the second floor. Easy to spot.

          • Harot says:

            Get off Buendia LRT station, walk along Taft avenue to Vito Cruz/La Salle University direction (the opposite direction is Baclaran, ask around) and you will see Mercury Drug to your right. That is the building and the clinic is on the 2nd floor. I hope this is clear enough.

      • Raquel says:

        Hi po. Tanong ko lang po kase lahat po ng symptoms for HIV naranasan ko na. May HIV na po ba ako non? Kase depress na apo ako e. Natatakot ako. Kinakabahan. Di makatulog tuwing gabi. Namamayat na. Nanghihina na po.

    • sad says:

      pa test ka after 6 months tapos ilit ka after 1 year..

  8. Master117 says:

    San po makakapag test ng hiv,yung libre po Taga Generaal Santos Citt po kasi ako

    Nakapag sex po ako ng first time Di ko po alam kung my hiv yun mahahawa po ba ako ka agad pag first time?

  9. once says:

    Guyss. Marami ng nagsabe neto pero the only way to know your status is to get tested. Ever ako dumaan din sa anxiety dahil jan. Never ko din naimagine na magpapatest ako until mapagdesisyonan kong kelangan ng mawala lahat ng worries ko. Sobra.h nakakatakot at nakakahiya pero kelangan. Ikaw din ang magbebenefit. Pray lang kaya ntin to. God bless us! 😇
    Sabi ko I’ll leave this group na but I’ve decided to help other people na nararanasan ang naranasan kong takot. Magtulungan tayong icheer up ang isat isa. Kaya natin to.

  10. sad says:

    WAG KAYO MANIWALA SA 3MONTHS WINDOW PERIOD..
    DAPAT PA TEST KAYO AFTER 1 YEAR OF EXPOSURE
    YAN AMG SABI MAMG DOCTOR

  11. Unknown says:

    Hello po. Kapg nagtest po ba ako using fujibo kit madedetect un mga mtgal ng unprotected khit na active padin sa sex sa ibang babae.?

    • Harot says:

      The virus stays in the body and doesn’t leave. When one is already infected, the virus will be detected (after the window period) regardless of current sex practice (active or inactive).

  12. Jac says:

    At di rin po nangangahulugan na pag nakaramdam kayo ng mga symptoms ng HIV ay malaki na rn ang chance na may HIV kayo, sabi po saken, halos lahat ng symptoms ng HIV ay symptoms din ng ibat ibang sakit. kaya the only way to know is to GET TESTED.

  13. Jac says:

    Guys.. GOD IS BIGGER than your anxiety, GOD IS BIGGER than your paranoia. Magpa test na po kayo kung sa tingin nyo, infected kayo, internet wont help you, people in this forum wont help you, THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF POSITIVE OR NOT IS TO GET TESTED. kakauwi ko lang from HIV testing, grabe ung kaba ko and the agony nung andun ako, from the time na tawagin name ko pra itest ako and ung time na tawagin uli name ko para sabhin ung result. And para saken, its all worth it kasi meron na kong peace of mind knowking na negative result ko. Gusto ko lang din po i share ung mga sinabi ng nag counsel saken, STOP searching sa internet. dahil mapa praning lang kayo, at kung ano ung nakikita nyong symptoms sa net, aun ang mararamdaman nyo dahil mina manipulate tayo ng utak natin. AGAIN, THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IS MAGPA TEST KAYO. Aun lang po. Goodluck po sa inyong lahat and God Blesses us.. thank u

    • Takot na takot says:

      Congrats Jac! Ang brave mo nakapg decide ka agad na magpatest.. 🙂

      • Jac says:

        thank u rn sa advise mo na magpa test agad. nilakasan ko na lang talaga loob ko at nag pray xempre. at ngaun, pareho na tayong may peace of mind. Stay safe and God Bless saten lahat

      • Lloyd says:

        Got tested today at LOVEYOURSELF ANGLO SHAW BLVD…Sarap ng feeling malaman mong negagive ka. Ang pinakamsarap sa feelings ung may natulungan kang individual na walang alam at takot magpatest at nagkaron sya ng unprotected sex anal pa kaya kinumbinsi ko tlaga magpatest…4 months past na daw kaya conclusive na test nya sabi ng counsellor.

        GET TESTED GUYS..DONT RELY ON SYMPTOMS

  14. BeHappy says:

    Conclusive na po ba un test ko. Last exposure is sept 2018 then nagtest ako ay feb 2019 using fujibo kit. Negative result naman po sya. Pero bago ako magtest may nakasex ako na iba ulit. Thanks

  15. Takot na takot says:

    Got tested earlier sa love yourself.. Sobrang bait at gaan kausap ng mga councilors.. Sobrang maiiba yung pananaw mo sa hiv.. Totoo yung sinasabi nila na yung stigma ang papatay sayo.. I went there kasi di ko na kaya yung anxiety ko.. It’s been 97 days since my last exposure.. Kabado ko simula pag pasok hanggang sa pag antay ng result.. Sobrang dasal ako ng dasal.. After 2 hours lumabas result and it came back negative/non reactive.. Sabi ng councilor is 3 months after exposure test ay conclusive na.. Sobrang nakahinga ako ng maluwag.. 6th month is for peace of mind.. I guess this is it.. Thank you sa group na to kasi nung mga panahon na anxious ako lagi ko binabasa post ni Harot, imme at lloyd tapos gumagaan pakiramdam ko.. Wag mag base sa symptoms dahil ang hiv ay kadalasang walang sintomas according sa councilor na nakausap ko..

    Get yourself tested to know your status and for peace of mind.. May gamot sa hiv.. Wag matakot or mahiya..

    #GETTESTED #LOVEYOURSELF

    • Takot na takot says:

      *counselor rather.. Hehe

      • Lloyd says:

        OPINION 101

        SA case si SAD,,well very SAD kase until now kahit gustuhin man nya na maging positive sya ay HIBDI parin talaga…
        Kung postive asawa mo at ikaw ay negative, dba dapat matuwa kana? Kung talagang ikaw lang nakasex ng asawa mo tapos nangayayat kana at dapat ay positive kana….ANYARE?..baka namn may miracle si God na binigay sayo db…
        Dapat nga matuwa ka hindi ung nagdadadagdag kapa ng stress at tskot dito sa site nato.
        Wala namn perpektong tao..unawain nalng natin ang bawat isa at may kanya kanya tayong pinahdadaanan.
        I suggest na magpatest kapa ng ibang klaseng test kung may pera ka at mahal un.
        Pustahan tayo kapag POSITVE ka after 1 year binigyan kita 20k for the price…pero kung ikaw ay negative parin you owe me 40k….matigil ka lang.
        Kung totoo man ang lahat ng sinasabi mo at mukhang kilang ka lang sa pansin kaya nandito ka…WAG MONA GAWIN TONG PANLOLOKO MO..MAAWA KA SA MGA TAO DITO NA LUNOS NA NAHAALALA….atleast bago ka mamatay may ginawa kang tama sa buhay mo db

        Ang CD4 kaoag mataas yannkase malakas ang immunse system mo,,HINDI YAN BASEHAN NA JINDI MADETECT ANG HIV VIRUS SA KATAWAN MO.
        Sabi mo nangangayayat kana kaya dapat meron ka jiv or POSITIVE KANA….d kaya dahil s pagkaparanoid mo kaya ka nagkakaganyan lalo nat nalaman mong positive ang misis mo na wala namn bisyo as you would say WHO KNOWS diba?
        Ang sobrang stress at anxiety at nakapagbabago ng takbo ng immune system..malaki ang epekto sa katawan nito ng tao..lahat ng pwedeng kumaoit sayo dahil ibabagsak nito ang immune system mo.
        Pano mo nasabi na ung anak mo ay infected kung hindo mo namn napatest at pano namn mahahawa ang bata kung hindi naman sya dumedede sa nanay nya or nakainom ng dugo from his or her mother.
        MY CONCLUSION AY PURO KATHANG ISIP MO LANG LAHAT NG ITO AT SANA MAAWA KANA SA MHA NANDITO..TIGILAN MONA ANG PANGGUGULO..KUNG GUSTO MONG POSITIVE KA BAHALA KANA SA BUHAY MO..WAG KANA MANDAMAY DITO.
        Be happybwith ur result nalamg and thank God
        EXPERT SAYS 3 MOS IS CONCLUSIVE..VERY RARE AND AFTER 6 TO 1 YR ANG NAGING POSITIVE YAN AY KUNG SOBRANG HINA NG IMMUNE SYSTEM MO.

        KAPAG POST KA NG COMMENT DITO IBIG SABIHN NANLOLOKO KA LANG AT WALA KANA SA KATINUAN MO AT GUSTO MO LANG PAPANSIN…VISIT ANOTHE DOCTOR SA IBANG POSIBLENG SAKIT NA PWEDE MERON KA.
        HINDI LANG HIV ANG SAKIT NG TAO.

        • sad says:

          hiv lang talaga amg meron ako..kasi okay nman ang pangangatawan ko Noon nong hindi pa ako.nakipag sex sa sexworker..ngayon dami ko nang sakit na raramdaman at pumpayat ako..na walang dahilan..kaya hiv lang talaga ang sakit ko..

        • Newbie says:

          Anu pong ibang basic na sintomas nang hiv or aids? Ung hirap po ba imihi? Habang umuihi po e may nraramdaman na sakit? Magkakatulo po ba muna ang isang sintomas?? 😔

          • sad says:

            mangayayat ka tapos manghihina red eyes minsan..after 1 year pa bago ma.detect..kahit may nanaramdaman ka possibleng hindi pa ma detect yan after a year..

          • Marx says:

            kung red eyes, adik yan… tulad ni Sad, adik yan.. bobo, bayot… baliw… wag ka maniwala yan.. wlang silbi yan sa buhay… spreading fear, confusion and chaos.. sana kunin nxa ni Lord

          • sad says:

            bobo ka din marx…

    • Harot says:

      Congrats and stay safe.

    • Jac says:

      I was there earlier as well, and I agree, napaka galing ng mga counselors nila and I agree din na anxiety at stigma talaga papatay sayo. pero nung nalaman ko na ung result at non reactive, grabe ung naramdaman ko sigh of relief . So guys, please get tested and stop searching sa internet to add up sa pagiging paranoid nyo. It wont help

    • once says:

      Congratulations. Maybe lesson na narin ro para satin. Lets practice safe sex especially if we will doing it with other people that we’re not aware of the status. Madame din ako g natutunan dito. Congrats satin.

  16. LadyMar says:

    May nakapagbuntis na ba dito na HIV positive? Kamusta naman yung mga anak nyo,wala ba complications? Okay lang din ba hindi idisclose sa obst. na may HIV kasi gumagamit ako ng HMO.. Salamat

  17. Jac says:

    Please help. Ang huling sex ko last OCT of 2017 pa. unprotected at sa babaeng kilala ko.. ka officemate ko actually. may sore throat ako ngaun at flu like symptoms. Ano po possibility na may HIV po ko. never pa po ko nag pa test. pero sa Annual Physical Exam namin sa work.. that includes urinalysis at blood test. both negative nmn lagi. Enough po ba un.. or kelangan ko talaga magpa test? sana may makasagot ng seryoso. Salamat

  18. hays says:

    pagpabalikbalik po ba na singaw ay sure na na positive sa hiv? huhu kinabahan po ako. takot po akong magpatest

    • Marx says:

      well, kung di ka mgpapatest… pa balik2 din ung tanong mo.. at pa balik2 din actually ung sagot..

    • Takot na takot says:

      Hindi po porket nagkakasingaw ay hiv pos na.. Magpatest ka po to know your status.. Sobrang anxiety at stress ay nakakacause ng kung ano ano sa katawan..

  19. sad says:

    iba na talaga tong nararamdaman namin..pati buhok nang asawa ko nanlalagas pati ako din yong bohok ko din..huhuhu

  20. dandan says:

    san po pwdeng mag pa test for HIV? or any STDs? may libre po ba?
    nakikita din po ba sa CBC (complete blood count) ang STD?
    kakatpos ko lang po ksi mag take ng meds ko for 2weeks for STD.
    kaso may LBM pa din ako 2months na.

  21. sad says:

    isa din ang symptoms nang babae pa bago2 ang period niya..
    kaya pala ang period nang asawa ko mensan delay minsan advance..

    • Anne says:

      Sad,bacteria ra na..ingon ana pud akoa sauna usab usab ang period pero nagtake kog c24/7nabalik na sa normal akong dugo..nagpamedical ko sa st.lukes okay ra walay problema..ep.m ko ..ang c24/7 makalimpyo pud sa dugo esearch gani.

  22. Scarlet says:

    Hello po. San po pde mgpa test ng hiv dto sa manila. Thank you

  23. SureGuy says:

    Sa lahat ng paranoid jan panoorin niyo to.. -no worries.. Mas gugustohin ko pang may HIV kesa sa diabetis.

    https://youtu.be/eETWIzHZWEY

  24. sad says:

    kaya pala nanglalagas yong buhok nang asawa ko positive na lala siya..isa din pala yon sign nang hiv..
    tapos yon anak ko ngayon lge na hilalagnat..

    • Marx says:

      ipa DNA test mo ung mga anak mo sad.. baka hindi yan mga anak mo… kc nga dba positive ung asawa mo tapos ikaw hindi… nanglalaki yang asawa mo! hahaha

  25. Hello Po sobrang natatakot po ako ngayon im having a depression right coz sobrang napapaisip ako kung na infect bako ng HIV kasi po nakipag sex po ako sa isang guy hindi po literal na sex kasi pinasok nya lang po yung ano nya sa pwet ko tapos tinira nya ako ng mga 5 times pero tinigil ko po kasi baka magka HIV ako and hindi naman po sya nilabasan pero dumugo po yung pwet ko pero iniisip ko kasi first time ko sya and hindi sya gumamit ng condom pero pinasok lang naman nya yung ano nya sa pwet ko pero hindi sya nilabasan kasinga po tinigil ko sorry paulit ulit yung sentence hindi kasi ako makapag constract ng sentence sa sobrang gulo ng isip ko natatakot na po ako baka po magkaroon ako please po sana po may sumagot sa comment ko na ito

    • Mani Billards says:

      Hi! Normal lang pag first time na dumugo at magkaroon ng minor lesion kasi napenetrate for the first time. Kung wala namang semen, don’t worry, maliit ang chance na mainfect ka. Pero to be sure, magpatest ka na rin. Also, be safe next time.

    • Once says:

      Hello, according sa Councilor na nakausap ko. High risk pa din po yun kasi may penetration and dumugo. Kahit through pre-cum pwede kang mahawa. Get tested po

  26. DD says:

    My boyfriend is allegedly HIV positive, we haven’t had sex yet kasi 2 months pa kami and he made sure na alam ko na baka positive siya because he don’t want to infect me, pero ang negative niya, he was non-reactive 4 months after his last intercourse pero napaka bothered niya parin. Worried pa nga siya sakin kasi baka mahawaan daw ako kahit momol lang ginagawa namin. My questions are, diba 3 months result is already a conclusive result na? Also, can HIV only be transmitted through intercourse? I mean penetration?

  27. Curiousity kills says:

    Nag sex ako sa di ko ga ano kilala na girl. Pero gumamit ako ng cumdom para safe dalawa pa ginamit ko. Pero nakalimotan kung may jock itch ako. Dilikado po ba talaga ako don? 9 months na akong walang nararamdaman na symptoms ehh

  28. It is possible that I possitive in hiv if I got tested and the results are NR. BUT my tongue is sometimes sensitive and white. And I have a diarrhea almost 3 months already. Got tested 3 months 6 monts and 8 months already. Do you some suggestions or comments? Pls I need you guys. God bless!

  29. goodboy says:

    sad anong gamot ang iniinom ng asawa mo n sabi mong reactive xa..

  30. Pvplus says:

    Mahahawa ka ba if walang nangyaring pagpasok.. naka shorts ka tapos sya nakahubad nagkikiskisan lang? Worried Lang po tbanks

  31. Josh says:

    Ano po yung mga suspected symptoms nyo bago kayo nagpatest at nagpositive? Meron kasi akong jock itch pero sa tingin ko dahil yun sa paulit ulit kong paggamit ng boxer shorts kapag nasa bahay lang ako. Minsan underwear din. Kaso di ko pa rin maiwasan mag over thinking. Plus may fever pa ko now dahil naaambunan ako this past few days. Twice ot thrice lang naman kasi ako nagkakasakit in a year. Bihira talaga. Ngayon yung first time kong magkasakit this year.

  32. Angel says:

    Hi Good Day

    Ask ko lang if positive sa HIV saang doctor po pwede magpatingin at anong specialty? I had unprotected sex 3 years ago pero takot na takot ako magpatest dahil nga kung ano ang resulta

  33. Dom says:

    Hi, please help me po. Di ko alam kung may trauma na lang ba ako o may dapat ipag alala. Im married. Tapos mga nasa 2 years ago nag ka affair ako. Nag start ako mag patest november 2018 hangang march 2019. Sa 5 months na yun naka 7 test na ako sa HIV. Pinatest ko din misis ko. Non-reactive lahat ng resulta
    Nakapagpatingin na din ako sa isang I.D doctor. Nakamove on naman na ako noon. Pero kapag nakakakita ako sa T.V o internet about HIV bumabalik takot ko. Tapos nakakaramdam ako ng kung ano ano. Realible na po kaya mga results ko😥

  34. Tis says:

    Hi, anyone knows na budget friendly na HIV NAT test around the metro? Saka saan po? 🙂

    Salamat sa response

    • Jac says:

      sa Love Your Self sa Shaw Mandaluyong. It’s free at malalaman mo rin result within the day.. Legit sya at very accomodating ang mga counselors

  35. Alexa says:

    I’m just curious, may naitala na ba na nag positive after 4-6 months of being negative? False information is not welcome..

    • once says:

      According sa councilor ko, 3 months is conclusive already and I asked also the same question and sabe nya parang wala pa naman daw pong nakakarteng sa kanya na ganung case

  36. RYuu says:

    Pang pareho po kaming nonreactive pero we do unprotected sex several times is it possible po ba na meron na kaming hiv?

    • Once says:

      Kung parehas kayong non-reactive at di nakikipagsex sa iba, you have nothing to worry about.

      • RYuu says:

        The only problem is pareho kami ng gender ☹️

        • Once says:

          And so? Wala naman yun sa ganun. Ang HIV ay di basta basta nagkakaroon dahil parehas kayong Gender. Makakakuha ka ng HIV reagrdless kung anong gender kung isa sainyo meron.

          • RYuu says:

            So sinasabi nyo po ba na iisang tao lang ang may pakana ng pagkalat ng aids/hiv? Sa unang taong nagkaroon nito na kumalat lang dahil sa pagkapasa pasang pagkahawa?

  37. sad says:

    ganito kasi yan hindi ako naniwala sa result ko dahil sa pamamayat ko. tapos may nakilala ako na positive sa isang hispital kami nag kakilala sabi nya na ganito daw cya parang tuyo yobg balat niya tapos sabi nya sa akin baka hibdi pa daw na detect yong virus sa akin katawan..pa test pa daw ako after 1 year..so sino paniwalaan ko kayo? o siya?

    • Once says:

      Paniwalaan mo yung Councilor/Doctor mo. Ang symptoms ng HIV can also be a symptoms of other illness. So wag kang magfocus sa HIV.

    • goodboy says:

      Diabetes nkakapamayat din, stress, at marami pang iba ndi lng nmn hiv.. db sbi mo possitive n asawa mo so ask mo din s kanya.. tpos patest muna din mga anak mo sbi mo nahawa n din cla db?

  38. Carlo says:

    Hi, if pareho kayong negative tas nag anal at nilabasan sa loob, high risk parin ba?
    One plang nman. Medj worried lang ako.

    Sorry for the terms, sana may makasagot. 🙂 Though papa check rin ako after 3 mos siguro

    • Once says:

      Paano mo po nalaman na Negative din po sya? If you’re very certain na Negative sya you have nothing to worry about. Pero para sure next time use protection.

      • Carlo says:

        Yun nga po, tinanong ko rin nman sya before hand, though ndi ako nakakita result.
        Medjo at ease din nman ako sa kanya ska once lan nman nangyari, ndi ko lang sure sa side nya… receiver kasi ako.

        Anyways, will follow your advise na pa test after 3 mos. Pero possible kaya na mag NAT na ako kahit 1 week plang? Makakapanatag na ba yun?

        • Carlo says:

          Last Jul21 daw po sya nagpa check, sya lang din kasi nalaano sakin.. saka wala nman daw iba syang tinara after nung test.. I hope oks na yun.

          Pero pa check parin po ako.. salamats po.. 🙂

        • Once says:

          I didn’t mean to scare you or what pero di lahat ng Positive ay magsasabe na positive sila and that’s the reason di ba kaya patuloy ang pagtaas nh bilang ng mga may HIV. Just to make you sure, patest ka din.

          • Carlo says:

            Yep, totoo nman din. Anyways gotta trust the process at laban lang.. hehe LiLow na muna ako after this.. baka years na ulit sunod kahit safe pa..😂

            Thanks once for listening and replying to me.. 🙂

            Will do the necessary checking. 😉 Godbless!

  39. Alucard says:

    May risk PO ba if naka brief at panty nagkiskisan? May chance PO ba Yung walang penetration na nangyari?

  40. ONCE says:

    Hello guys! I just wanna share my experience.
    Today is exactly the 12th-week after my last unprotected exposure and I got tested last thursday. So here’s the thing, I know it’s never easy and it took me a lot of courage to do testing. The next morning after my unprotected exposure, grane talaga kaba ko kasi alam ko na may possibility na mahawaan talgaa ko ng sakit. I did research about HIV and such except about the symptoms until I found this forum. I refrain from searching about the symptoms coz I know how will they affect me psychologically. I tried to convinced myself to forgot about it and I’m glad I did. Until such time, I had an LBM and colds for days after a month of my exposure and nagjoke ang gay workmate ko na baka HIV yan. So, I searched the symptoms. The moment I read all the symptoms, my body started to feel all the symptoms. Grabe kaya lalo akong kinabahan. Mula nun lagi na kong stressed. Konting nararamdaman feeling ko symptoms na.
    Hindi ko na kaya ang takit at kaba so I decided to get tested. INISIP KO NA IT’S WIN WIN SITUATION. NA KELANGAN KO NG TAPUSIN YUNG PAGOOVERTHINK. KUNG NEGATIVE MOVE ON. KUNG POSITIVE EDI MAGANDA NA DIAGNOSED NG MAAGA.
    Pagpasok pa lang ng clinic hanggang sa pagaantay sa mag tetest sayo. Grabe. Kahit anong convinced ko sa sarili ko na negative ako mas nananalo yun negative thoughts. Grabe yung stigma lalo na habang nagaantay ng result. Nakakamatay. Nagsisisi ako bakit ako nagpatest. And then dumating ba ang result. Its NONREACTIVE. Grabe parang nawala lahat ng nararamdaman kong sakit that time.
    Kung nagawa ko. Magagawa nyo din guys! Dasal lang and tiwala sa nasa taas. And learned your lesson guys! Kaya nyo yan.

    Share ko lang experienced ko para sa lahat ng natatakot magpatest. Gusto kong magpasalamat sa laht nag nagtatyagang sumagot sa mga tanong. Sa mga nagsasabeng Get Tested. Sundin natin sila kasi walang ibang way. Hanggang dito na lang ko. I’ll visit this forum pag di busy I tried to answer your questions based sa mga shinare ng councilor. God bless us guys!

    ONCE SIGNING OFF!!!

    PS. WAG KAYONG MAKINIG KAY SAD. DAOT YAN GUSTO PANG MANDAMAY SA PAGKAMISIRABLE NYA.
    #LOVEYOURSELF #GETTESTED #GETTREATED

    • ONCE says:

      PPS. THE RESULT 3 MONTHS AFTER THE UNPROTECTED EXPOSURE IS CONCLUSIVE ALREADY. ACCORDING YAN SA COUNCILOR KO. KAYA WAG MANIWALA JAN KAY SAD NA ADIK. THOUGH DI AKO GALIT SAYO, SOBRANG NEGATIVE LANG KASI DINADALA MO SA NAGBABASA DITO. PAGPRAY PA DIN KITA. 🙏🙏

    • Harot says:

      Congrats Once. Thanks for sharing your story. Stay safe.

    • hays says:

      palagi ka rn po bang nagkakasingaw once?

      • once says:

        Sa totoo lang after ko magoatest. Wala na akong nararamdaman. Parang yung mga nakinita kong symptoms wala na. Talagang psychological lang sya.

  41. Happy says:

    Ma detect pa po ba pag nagpa test ka after 3 years? Naaalala ko kasi before i had unprotected sex. Once lang naman sya nangyari. I think after 2 or 3 months twice ako nagkatoon ng sore throat and flu then i had a thrush. I suspected im infected but i didnt get myself tested. Now im worried. I want to get tested. So is it possible pa po ba na ma detect or mag positive yung result? Please reapond. Thank you

  42. PAO says:

    Public Attorney’s Office Lira Suangco
    https://youtu.be/VBzHr6KrU-U

  43. Bads says:

    Good Day!

    I want to ask if where can I avail a free HIV test? I experienced pain when I urine and there is yellow green fluid getting out from my penis. Yesterday, I went to Ospital ng Maynila for check up. I was advice to get test but since I’m not living here in Manila, I didn’t avail the free service for the test.I’m from Sultan Kudarat and just a month of staying here in Pasay for work. The Dr. told me that the test is bit expensive when done it private clinics or hospitals. I hope you can help me. 

    Thank you and more power!

  44. Lloyd says:

    ETO LANG GUYS..MANIWALA KAYO SA 3 MONTHS TEST NYO..UNG 6 MONTHS AY FOR PEACE OF MIND LANG YAN…NAPAKAMALAS MONA KUNG MADETECT KAPA AFTER 6 MONTHS MO…NOWADAYS 2 MONTHS LANG NADEDETECT NA…KUNG MALAKAS IMMUNE SYSTEM MO PWEDE UNTILL 3 MOS PERO VERY RARE ANG 6 MOS…PATEST KANLANG FOR 6 MOS FOR PEACE OF MIND LANG PERO KUNG NEGATIVE KA TALAGA SA 3 MOS WINDOW MO AT GINAWA NG TAMA ANG TEST..THEN U ARE NEGATIVE…SA KAKAISIP MO AT PUYAT KAYA KUNG ANO2 ANG TUMUTUBO SAYO….NARANSAN KONA RIN MAGING PARANOID…NAGPATEST AKO TILL 14 MOS OF EXPOSURE AT AWA NG DIYOS EH NEGA AKO….SA 2 MOS NGA NA NEGA KA ANG SABI NG EXPERTS EH MORE THAN 85 PERCENT KANA SURE DON…FOR 3 MOS TEST EH HALOS 99PERCENT KANA SURE..UNG 6 MOS MO AY 1 OERCENT NALNG FOR PEACE IF MIND NALANG YAN PARA MATIGIL KANA KAKAISIP.

    GET TESTED DON SA MGA ACRREDITED TESTING CENTERS….WAG BUMILI NG TEST KIT SA ONLINE LALO NA HINDI KILALA..I PERSONALLY USE FUJIBIO AT NANIAALA AKO JAN..IM NOT SELLING OR ENDORSING FUJIBIO PERO NANIWALA AKO SA QUALITY NYAN SAME LANG SA ADMIN NG SITE NATO.

    • Jonas says:

      Tama ka Jan sir..

    • sad says:

      magkano bayad sayo sa fujihibo?..nang iindorse kapa ha…hahahahah..gusto mo hindi mag pa test ang tao online pero gusto mo din fujihibo gamitin ..lol

    • Imme says:

      3months ok na yun…conclusive na yun. Sad kung di ka kuntinto sa result mo. Mag pa Rna,nat,pcr,dna, pa cd4 ka tapos kung di parin lumababas mag pa viral load ka at kung d pa rin xa lilitiaw? Pa western blot ka at kung indi pa rin talaga nalabas. Pa diagnose ka nlng…para sure free naman gamit sa gov…

  45. Hopeful says:

    As what i know, you will be diagnosed of HIV once or when your CD4 cells counts decreasingly so, once you had a sexual intercourse with ssomeone who is infected of such disease and you have got tested after that , it wont appear that you are positive becuz HIV can be latent or silent for over 10 years but , once it was activated it will kill you even a week. Just have a good lifestyle.

    • Lloyd says:

      Mali yan..panahon pa ni kopong kopong yang idea mo….2 to 3 months lang kaya na madiagnose ang hiv at kapag hindi naagapan 2 yrs lang dedo kana…meron tayong bagong hiv virus na kumakalat kaya nga may hiv 1 amd 2…

      SO GET TESTED AFTER 3 MONTHS OF EXPOSURE, REPEAT AFTER 6 MOS FOR PEACE OF MIND..KAPAG NEGATIVE KA..NEGATIVE KANA TLAGA..OUR TEST KITS NOW AREVERY ADVANCE UNLIKE B4 KAYA WAG FAKENEWS.

      • Jonas says:

        Kay sir Lloyd kau maniwala….mas Alam nya Ang HIV..kesa maniwala kau sa SAD na Yan…walang mabuting naidudulot Yan dito kundi magpakalat NG fake news..

        • sad says:

          bakir expert bayan ?lol..
          bsta mag pa test kayo after 1 year…wag kayo maniwala..sa 3months window period..

          • Jonas says:

            Ikaw expert kaba????? expert ka Lang magpakalat NG maling balita…tapos na kami 1year and 6 months…negative …EI ikaw…mag kantot ka NG kantot NG sex worker para matupad muna pangarap mong maging positive…

          • Marx says:

            hahaha… iyot pa ng wlang condom! wahahaha! bobo bobo bobo bobo!

          • sad says:

            wag kayo iiyot ky marx wala yan hiv pero may tae ang pwet nayan hahahaha

          • Marx says:

            hahaha namakla ka pala hindi nambabae… bading ka Sad! wahahaha…!

  46. hays says:

    bakit po kaya lagi akong nagkakasingaw? huhu tuwing iniisip ko na magkakasingaw ako nagkakasingaw ako. subrang natatakot ba ako pati na rn sa pagpapatest dahil takot ba ako baka reactivr talaga ako huhu Sana po non reactive ako or negative huhu

    • sad says:

      pree meron talaga tayo virus..pero hindi pa na dedetect sa ngayon..may nag sabi sa akin na kung malakas pa daw cd4 mo hindi pa ma detect..sabi nang isang nusrse sa hospital.

    • Lloyd says:

      SA KAKAISIP MO HUMIHINA IMMUNE SYSTEM MO KAYA KA NAGKAKAGANYAN..ONLY A TEST CAN GELL KUNG MERON KABA HIV OR WALA AT KUNG NAO GINAWA MO DURING SEX

      GET TESTED AFTER 3 MOS OF RISKY EXPOSURE

  47. sad says:

    wagkayo maniwala..

  48. Harot says:

    Let’s fight ignorance and confusion with reliable information. If you have questions about testing, window period, type of tests etc., this link can give you the primer.

    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html

    • Kim Justin mandahay quindoza says:

      Why we other peoplehavean hiv

      • sad says:

        nag pa test ako.kahapon pang 5months ko non reactive pa rin..nag tataka talaga ako bakit hindi ako reactive..

        • goodboy says:

          Db sbi mo nga 6 to 1 year kapa magreactive.. S 1YEAR kn magpatest.. sabi seo daw? Kung reactive n asawa mo at april ung sabi mo n last exposure nyo so 0cttober kp magpossitive according to ur knowledge..

        • Lloyd says:

          Then ur are negative ..bakit gustuhin mo maging positive?hindi pirket meron ang partner or aswa mo eh meron kana din…kalokohan yan
          Rest ur mind and ur NEGATIVE.

          • sad says:

            bakit nag taka ako na nonreactive ako? kasi ako lang naman ang nag loko sa asawa ko ako lang nman ang nakipag sex sa iba..

          • sad says:

            tapos nangangayayat ako..

          • Angel says:

            Sad
            I didn’t mean to offend you but are you sure na ikaw lang ang nagloko? Pwede mong aminin yan pero baka ang asawa mo ang di nagsasabi ng totoo. Compare sa lalaki, ang babae na HIV positive ay mas maliit ang chance na makapag transmit ng virus kahit pa mataas ang viral load nito. Kung titignan mong maigi ang anatomical structure ng babae, ang vagina ay manipis ang balat, during sexal intercourse, mas nagagasgad ito dahilan para mas madali sila mahawa sa lalaki na positive. Now, if the woman is positive and the other sexual partner is negative (male) mas mababa ang chance na makuha ng virus ang lalaki dahil ang penis ay skin, at hindi ito basta basta nasusugatan, walang open membranes at lalo na madulas ang nilalabas ng babae. If you want further info check out Jennifer Vaughan’s info.

          • sad says:

            im sure ako lang ang naka sex nang asawa ko..

          • sad says:

            positive talaga ako hindi pa lang na dedetect sa mgayon..dahil sobrang payat konna tapis yong platelet at whiteblood cell ko sobrang baba na tapos ang doctor walang findings..

          • Marx says:

            Sad, bka nakipag iyot yang asawa mo sa mga kapitbahay, traysikel drayber, etc… di mo lng alam…

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