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. LHHS says:

    Anong health centers marecommed niuo?

  2. Mark says:

    Mam /sir.
    A friend of mine is +. Currently ang payat na niya. Wala pa 2 weeks niya nttake yung art. Natatakot ako baka kung anu mangyari. Nilalagnat and malnourished dehiydrated na rin..
    Umeepekto kaya gamot?

    Reply
    Giselle says:

  3. Mark says:

    Hello . Active pa po ba ito?

  4. Confused says:

    Lately nagbabasa ako sa medhelp.org. totoo ba na d daw nakaka transmit ang oral sex? Totally sure talaga sila na hindi. Only unprotected insertive vaginal/anal, sharing of IV drug niddles, mother to child during ptegnancy and breast milk feeding. Pls po ssa makakasagot. Gulong gulo na talaga utak ko. Ex gf’s ko lang naman naka sex ko for the past 13 years. Malalakas naman sila, nagka anak pa nga. Pero bakit ako may symptoms. May oral experienced ako with 2 unknown girls and kissing this year.

    • ann says:

      wag ka matakot magpatest, walang mali don. its better na u know ur status. so please get tested. and from what i know, di nakukuha yon sa laway. but u can get it genital discharges.

      • Confused says:

        Diba if mag pa test ka 3months na walang contact para ma laman mo talaga if positive ka or Hindi. Kasi pag hindi pa umabot nang 3months ang Naka last mo na sex is useless parin. Yan sa pag kakaalam ko

      • Confused says:

        Nag order ako fujibo, i dont know ilang days ko marecieve, natatakot kasi ako mag punta sa hub.

  5. Lyndonne says:

    guys help please, positive result? 100% sure na po ba ito? got tested just now with fujibio.

  6. Giselle says:

    Hi guys inonotify or icocontact kaba nga blood bank/ laboratory if may nakita silang hiv virus sa blood mo? Kasi nagdonate ako ng blood for more than a month na and bago ko lang na realize na may ka One night stand pala ako last july 31. Naprapraning na ako. Pls help me

    • Stupidgirl says:

      Sadly not hospitals, noon sa pinagworkan ko hindi po nila ginagawa khit may mga positive,

      • Giselle says:

        So kahit na tertiary hospital na mataas ang standard pa yan? And ididiscard lang po ba nila yon without you knowing?

        • Stupidgirl says:

          Sa tertiary government government po ako noon and yesss sadly nun dun ako narotate discard lang, tiananong ko noon di ba natin contact yun? And i remember them saying na hindi na naka mark lang record nya satin. Im not saying this to scare you or what po kaya… Lets be positive malay natin your. Blood is. Clean naman sguro po

          • Giselle says:

            Okay po. What if kung magdodonate ka uli kasi hindi mo/ ka nila pinalam. Pagsasabihan kaba nila about sa blood mo?

    • Conscious says:

      Mga sir last 1year ago nag pa test ako twice negative ang result pero hindi ako sure if umabot ba talaga sa 3months yun. Kasi Diba dapat 3months without contact sex para ma kaman mo na kung negative ka or positive. Ngayun na ba bahala ako kasi yung mga na basa ko na symptoms sa HIV my meron ako like yung sa panga ko my tumutunog minsan if eh buka ko baba ko. Tanong lng mga ser ano ba dapat Gawain? Kasi this week lng ako naka sex Hindi ako makapag test dapat 3months na walang contact before mag pa test tama ba?

      Reply

  7. G. says:

    Hello may makakausap ba dito

  8. OSJ says:

    may bayad po ba ang pa testing.. at kailan po pwd kung sakali

  9. san jose says:

    pwd bang mag pa test kahit wala kang HIV.

    • Harot says:

      Paanong malalaman na walang HIV kung hindi namam nagpa-test? Maybe your question meant, “pwede bang magpa-test kahit walang exposure?”

  10. Ellie says:

    Guys magtatanong sa ako. Grabe na kasi ang anxiety ko eh. I had an unprotected sex last july 31 pro nag withdrawal method naman sha ( i met the guy online) Then after a 1 month and 3 weeks nagka mild flu symptoms ako. Nagdoubt po ako kng hiv na ba talaga or nahawaan ako ng mga workmates ko that time madami kasi nagka flu sa workplace ko and uso din yung Haze. But before ako nagka flu nagdonate ako ng Blood cuz nangagailan kasi yung kakilala ko and i wanted to help. Its more than 4 weeks na ako nagdonate pro wala naman nagnotify sa akin na may something yung blood ko. So far wala po akong na experience na weight loss (mas tumataba nga ako ngayon), hindi namumuti yung dila ko at walang fatigue. Pls help me. Thank you!

    • an says:

      hindi agad makikita yung signs, so its better that u go and get tested, para aware ka sa status mo. mas maganda yung alam mo kaysa nanghuhula ka lang and umaasa kay doctor google. walang mali sa pagppatest, and mas better yon.

  11. Ellie says:

    Hi po! I just need help. Asan po ba ang mas accurate na testing hub sa Love yourself WH or sa Link2care dito sa cebu?thanks

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Same lang daw. Pero 4th gen daw sa link2care. Ano exposure mo. When mo balak pa test

      • Ellie says:

        Unprotected sex po huhu Hindi ko pa po alam kung kailan. Pero nagdonate ako ng blood more than a month na po then after noon na realize ko may ka one night stand pala ako nun huhu. Hindi naman ako kinontact ng laboratory regarding sa blood na dinonate ko.

        • Ellie says:

          @Mr.Anxious nakapag test kana ba? Okay na ba po yun yung 2 months and half kung magpapatest sa Love yourself WH? Hindi kasi ako mka book sa Link2care huhu

          • Mr.Anxious says:

            What do u mean di ka maka booked sa link2care? Di pwede walk in dun? Plan ko sana this week kaso sunod sunod naman deadlines sa work. Kaya nag order na lang ako kit. Pwede email mo ako @ellie

          • Ellie says:

            @Mr.Anxious naglakas loob ako kaninang pumunta sa Love yourself WH. And Thank God! Non reactive po ako

  12. Renmart says:

    Hi Saan po Kaya ako pwede mag pa tested Yung free Lang. Yung malapit Lang po Sana diro smin. Taga nueva ecija po ako nag aalala na ako baka positive na ko
    Humihingi po ko Ng tulong senyo.

  13. Mermaid says:

    May nag positve daw monthly sya nagpapatest and negative ang result tas sa 10th month nag positive sa hiv.mahirap talaga magtiwala

  14. Can says:

    Hi, when is the eariest time for me to get tested for hiv? Salamat po sa sasagot

  15. Kyla says:

    Hey guys kamusta dito? Ask ko lang kapag ba nag ka pimple sa private part consider may hiv or std kana?

    Also kapag may herpes po ba hindi na ma cure?

  16. Jhune says:

    Hello ask ko lang po! Gumamit po kami ng condom natanggal sya hindi namin namamalayan tas nag suot kami ng panibago anu po dapat ko gawin ko natatakot ako

  17. nervousman says:

    Hi Goodday po ang 6 week po ba ng exposure ay accurate na ang result sa fujibio?
    thanks po sa sasagot

  18. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test,  ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto,  kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong,  yong mga ibang test like cd4 count,  viral load etc,,  sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu.pls naman po sa sasagot.

  19. Mr Paranoid says:

    Good Day sa lahat
    Magtatanong lng po ako kasi po paranoid na paranoid na ako Nakipag sex po ako sa isang sex worker sa bar pero I used condom naman siguradong sigurado ako na nag condom ako 😔 and then nag oral sex po ako dun sa babae and it last 2-3 minutes ung sex nmin. After 2 days sa sobrang paranoid ko nag pa test agad ako sa Love Ur Self clinic Thanks God Negative po ako sa HIV and Other Test pero nung nag councilling na kmi sabi nya masyado pang maaga balik ulit ako after 3 months.
    May posibility po ba ako na mag ka HIV kahit negative nmn ung unang result
    Hoping for ur Reply salamat po

    • Stupidgirl says:

      I did the same and now feeling ko positive nko =( i never went back

      • Mr Paranoid says:

        Safe sex din ba ginawa mo?
        Stupidgirl

        • Stupidgirl says:

          First meron protection but, I was considering yung oral sex kasi… What if thru dun npasa? Huhuhu plus there was a time na tipsy ako i don’t remember if nagcondom sya non.. Praning n praning n ako until now its been a year

          • Ann says:

            its better to go back and get tested again. di kasi agad agad na nalalaman yun sa unang test pa lang. thats why they ask u guys to go back, cause they have this window period of 3 mos, di ba? right after ur last contact, so better to go back after that period and within that period its more better na wala munang contact.

  20. Mr.Anxious says:

    Sa taga cebu baka naman may gusto makipag sabayan pa test. Nakakatakot kasi di ko alam ano gagawin ko kong magpositive ako. Sana mamatay na lang ako kaysa magpositive.

    • Anne says:

      hey are you crazy..bakit gusto ka magpakamatay kaysa mabuhay na possitive…you dont know lots of people now are living with hiv..free ang arv sa philippines..in america hindi and other countries..maswerteng pilipinas kasi libre ang arv..you know people who are living with hiv and taking arvs they are live like normal..if you achieve undetectable means zero transmission …it means zero na ang virus but you always tested possitive…same lang sa may hepa b…
      FYI:HIV is better than diabetes and highblood….
      Get tested as soon as possible so that you can know your status whatever the result you may accept and start treatment.

  21. Mr.Anxious says:

    Guys baka naman may pwede makausap kahit sa email lang. a.xious@yahoo.com hirap ng daming tanong at di alam ang mga sagot.

  22. Amaya Dane says:

    Hi guys pwede bang magtanong Kung saan available and PEP or post exposure prophylaxis I have unprotected sex last night and then di Napo ako makatulog kakaisip baka infected Napo ako

  23. Sky says:

    I was in relationship with a cheater for 3 yrs. I was just 16 back then. I caught him having sex with different girls, i couldn’t break up with him at first because i was scared… we broke up last 2017, and then i found out that he also had affairs with gays. I found his another fb account and saw everything from there. Im scared that i might have been infected by some sort of infection, because we’re always doing unprotected sex back when we’re still a couple. But i never had a chance to test myself because im so scared. He was the first person i had sex with. Even years later, Im still thinking bout the fear of being infected everyday…. he has a baby with someone else now, apparently, he had an affair with someone else maybe months before we broke up. im also afraid for the baby. Im just overthinking im sorry.

    Everytime i feel an illness, ill come up with the thought that it might be related to HIV… ive noticed that everyday, its getting harder for me to breath. Sometimes i cant swallow properly, i have weird dark patches on my skin , my hair is falling (but i think its because of stress lol), ill have weird discharges and mouth sores sometimes… i wanted to get tested but again, im afraid to go to the clinics. I found some testing kit online but in afraid that my mom would see the package before me… i dont know what to do anymore…

    I cant imagine myself dying just because my partner wasnt faithful. I never had sex with anyone before and after him because im so scared for myself.

    This is emotionally and mentally exhausting. Sometimes i just want to stop breathing.

  24. Ms. U says:

    Ang HSV po ba can lead to HIV even without sex? I was diagnosed with HSV .. need ko ba pa-test for HIV?

  25. Anxious Girl says:

    Hi guys

    Nag test ako using fujibio on my 10th week. Negative ang result.

    Pwede na ba ako mapanatag?

  26. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm o sann lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu.

  27. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu.

  28. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong san ako tutungo o kung sino kakausapin ko

  29. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu. Salamat po.

  30. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang sa mga taga cebu, balak ko kasi magpatest next week ng magkaroon ng linaw ang mga tanong. Maxado na akong nahihirapan di ako makatulog maayos, sobrang aga ko pa magising around 2-3 am tas di na ako makatulog. Pati work ko apektado na. Lagi ako nanghihina kakaisip. Kwento ko na lang din exposure ko. Straight guy pala ako.This year is unprotected oral- vice versa last february and kissing(friend 1), unprotected vaginal last may (ex gf), unprotected oral last july 20 (friend 2-xa lang) and kissing, then kissing sa lips around august (friend 3). Then 1-2 weesk after nung ka kissing ko nag ka ubo ako. Then i was diagnosed with puemonia and medyo mataas cholesterol at uric ko, nagpa blood chem kasi ako. Then dun na nagsimula ang lahat ng nararamdaman ko. Sumakit mga joints ko at nanghina ako, pinagpapawisan ng malamig. Ngayon di na maxado masakit mga joints pero nagka lymphnodes naman ako sa leeg. Sa kakaisip ko di na ako makatulog maayos. So i decided magpa test next week, bahala na si God kong ano kalalabasan, naniniwala akong kong ano man ang plano nya sa akin, yun ang mangyayari.

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu. Salamat po.

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu.

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Halimbawa mag positive (huwag naman sana), ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahij nila ako sa manila

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu.

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Kong mag positive (huwag naman sana) , ang confirmation ba is sa cebu lang o papupuntahin nila ako sa manila.o blood langvipapadala nila dun

    • Anne says:

      Hindi matransmit ang hiv through kissing sa in your situation im sure anxiety and deppression sa kakaisip..
      Patest ka sa link 2 care o kaya sa hyprecission sa fuente may councilling doon.ive been there na and both are accurate puro negative

    • Anxious boy says:

      Parehas tyo ng nararamdaman bro pati diagnose sa blood chem parehas tyo ng findings ano balita sa result mo?

      • Mr.Anxious says:

        Tanong ko lang kong hakinbawa mag + ako sa link2care, e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor?
        Ang confirmation ba sa cebi lang, o papupuntahin nila ako sa manila, o blood lang papadala dun?
        Yong ibnag test like cd4, viral load etc, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin ako sa manila?
        Takot na takot na talaga ako.Ngayon nagising na naman ako 3 am, 11 naman ako natulog. Mag 2 weeks na akong kulang kulang tulog.

      • Mr.Anxious says:

        Di pako nakapagpunta pri, kinain na ako ng takot. Araw araw na lang ganito nararamdam ko. Lagi akong takot na takot. Wala naman akong mapagsabihan na kaibigan. Litong lito na talaga ako. 3-1 month na akong tag 3-5 hrs lang ang tulog. D na kasi ako makatulog pag nagising ng maaga. Nakapag patest ka na? Taga cebu ka din?

        • Mr.Anxious says:

          *3 weeks – 1 month

          • Mr.Anxious says:

            Tas yong parang may bara sa lalamunan. D naman masakit pag lumunok o kakain, yong parang may bara lang at feeling dry. Pls naman po baka may pwde mapag emailan ng mga tanong o matawagan. Dami ko talagang tanong. D naman napopost pang nag type ako dito. Admin o kong sino man may mabuting puso. Pls po help me.

          • SungeunIn says:

            Ako nga rin parang may bara sa lalamunan pero hindi naman masakit, rapid weight loss na din. Ano ba to? Hiv na ba?

          • Mr.Anxious says:

            Ako din bumaba na timbang. In 2 months around 8 kilos na nabawas. Nawalan na kasi ako ganang kumain lagi pumapasok sa isip ko ang takot.

  31. Mr.Anxious says:

    But di na makapagpost? Down na to?

  32. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang sa mga taga cebu, balak ko kasi magpatest next week ng magkaroon ng linaw ang mga tanong. Maxado na akong nahihirapan di ako makatulog maayos, sobrang aga ko pa magising around 2-3 am tas di na ako makatulog. Pati work ko apektado na. Lagi ako nanghihina kakaisip. Kwento ko na lang din exposure ko. Straight guy pala ako.This year is unprotected oral- vice versa last february and kissing(friend 1), unprotected vaginal last may (ex gf), unprotected oral last july 20 (friend 2-xa lang) and kissing, then kissing sa lips around august (friend 3). Then 1-2 weesk after nung ka kissing ko nag ka ubo ako. Then i was diagnosed with puemonia and medyo mataas cholesterol at uric ko, nagpa blood chem kasi ako. Then dun na nagsimula ang lahat ng nararamdaman ko. Sumakit mga joints ko at nanghina ako, pinagpapawisan ng malamig. Ngayon di na maxado masakit mga joints pero nagka lymphnodes naman ako sa leeg. Sa kakaisip ko di na ako makatulog maayos. So i decided magpa test next week, bahala na si God kong ano kalalabasan, naniniwala akong kong ano man ang plano nya sa akin, yun ang mangyayari. Tanong ko lang halimbawa mag positive sa test, ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o papapuntahin nila ako sa manila or ipapadala lang blood ko(gaano kaya katagal ang result)? Then e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ko gusto, kasi wala talaga akong kaalam alam kong ano gagawin ko. Isa pang tanong, yong mga ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc,, sa cebu lang din ba gagawin o papapuntahin nila ako sa ritm/san lazaro. Pls po sana may sumagot. Lalo na sa mga taga cebu. Salamat po.

  33. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong ko lang, balak ko kasi magpa test sa link2care cebu next week o san ba yong di ka maiilang. Straigt guy po pala ako. Ang naging exposure ko this year is unprotected oral last feb, unprotected vaginal last may, at unprotected oral last july 20. May mga unprotected din ako 10-15 yrs ago. Pero masisigla namannung mga naging ex ko. May mga asawa na ung iba at anak, may nakapag abroad pa nga (na test din siguro un). Nag ka puemonia kasi ako last month. At may lympnode ako sa leeg na mag 3 weeks na. Sa kakaisip ko, di na ako makatulog ng maayos at sobrang aga ko magising mga around 2-3 am at di nako makatulog ulit. Sa work naman di nako maka focus, nanghihina ako.pero pag uwi ko naman medyo ok naman pakiramdam ko. Yon nga lang lagi ko naiisip about hiv. Kaya nag decide nako magpa test next week. Bahala na si God, i believe lahat ng mangyayari ay may pahintilot Niya. Ang tanong ko lang is:
    1. Kong mag positive ba sa test, e rerefer ka nila sa isang doctor? O hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ako pupunta.
    2. Yong confirmation ba is sa cebu lang o ipapadala pa nila sa manila (usually gaano katagal kaya).
    3. Yong mga test like cd4 count, viral load at iba pa. Sa cebu lang din ba gaganapin o kelangan sa manila (ritm,/san lazaro) talaga.
    4. Pag magpatest(hiv) ka sa mga laboratory/hub/hospital kelangan ba talaga real name o pwedeng alias lang. Required ba nila I.D.

    Sana po may sumagot na nakakaalam. Thanks po ng marami.

  34. Mr.Anxious says:

    Tanong lang, balak ko kasi magpa test this monday sa link2care sa cebu o san ba maganda na di ka maiilang. Exposure ko unprotected oral february 2019, unprotected sex may, unprotected oral july 20, 2019. Btw straight guy po ako. Ung oral naman is sa girl din nangyari vice versa. Nagka symptoms kasi ako, may lympnodes na almost 3 weeks na, nag ka puemonia pa ako last month. Sa sobrang pag iisip ko di bako makatulog ng maayos at sobrang aga ko nagigising mga around 2-3 am at di nako makatulog ng maayos. Ang tanong ko lang is:
    1. kong mag positive ba ako sa test, e rerefer nila ako sa doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako maghanap kong san ako pupunta.
    2. Ang confirmation ba kong + is sa manila o sa cebu lang.
    3. Yong mga cd4 count at iba pang test, sa cebu lang din ba gaganapin o kelangan sa ritm o san lazaro.

    Thanks po. Sana po masagot nyo. Medyo affected na kasi work ko. D nako makafocus sa sobrang pagkabahala kong ano ba talaga nararamdaman ko. May mga unprotected ako years back pero masisigla naman ung mga naging ex ko, may mga asawa na nga ung iba, at naka pag abroad pa. Kaya maxado ako nagugulohan. Kaya once and for all decide ako magpa test na lang. Bahala na si God sa akin. Alam ko naman lahat ay will Niya.

    Sana may mag reply na nakakaalam. Salamat

  35. Ivan Torres says:

    Nakipagsex po ako last oct 12 and then nagkaroon po ng green spots ang boxer ko last oct. 17,, sa tingin ko po ay positive case of gonnorrhea, ano po pwede ko gawin,,help po

    • kon says:

      1. Do not self-medicate
      2. Consult a doctor ASAP

      if you live in Manila, may clinic ang loveyourself for that kind of cases, free dun.

      • Mr.Anxious says:

        Sir kon, pag nagpa test ba sa laboratory/hospital/diagnostic centers kelangan real name o pwede alias. Required va I.D?

      • Mr.Anxious says:

        Tsaka tanong ko na lang din po, balak ko kasi magpatest next week sa link2care cebu o san ba maganda na di ka maiilang. Straight guy nga pala ako. Exposure ko this year is unprotected oral last february(friend 1-vice versa), unprotected vaginal last may (with my ex gf), unprotected oral last july 20 (friend 2-xa lang nag oral sakin). Nagka puemonia ako last month at mat lympnode ako almost 3 weeks na. Maxado na ako affected pati wotk ko di na ako maka focus kakaisip, sovrang aga ko pa magising around 2-3 am and di nako makatulog ulit kasi lagi ko naiisip. Tanong ko is:
        1. Pag nag positive sa test sa link2care, e rerefer ba nila ako sa isang doctor o hahayaan lang nila ako kong san ako pupunta.
        2. Ang confirmation ba ay sa cebu lang o kelangan ko talagang pumunta sa manila o ipapadala lang nila blood ko.
        3. Yong ibang test like cd4 count, viral load etc. Sa cebu lang ba gaganapin ko papapuntahin akong ritm/san lazaro.

        Sana po may sumagot. Thanks

      • Arbi says:

        Hi san po yung clinic na yon? Thankyou

  36. Jjames says:

    Good day! Nag sex po kami last sept.14, once lang may nangyare samin and 1 round lang unprotected po kami that time, natrigger ako nung sinabi niang may tulo daw sia, natakot ako so nagpacheck up ako nagpatest then lumabas na result is nonreactive. It means po ba negative na din ako sa hiv?

    • kon says:

      too early. get tested again in 3 months. also get treated for gonorrhea.
      good luck.

      • Edsel says:

        Sir kon tanung qo lng po kung ngpatest aq Ng HIV 4months after unsafe sex tpos nunreactive ung result kylangan qo p b mgpatest ulit next year para masure n hnd aq positive s HIV…salamat poh

  37. tim says:

    Sa Doc Pat Shaw, may nag-aalis ng Genital Warts. Search niyo sa FB

  38. Mr curiosity says:

    Hi I’m just being diagnose possible pnuemonia tb or pcp but to ruleout pcp I need to get tested I’ve never been tested and been abstinence in sex since I broke up with my bf that was wayback 2005. Is it best to get a hiv kit or sa hospital.? Where can I get Yung kit to be delivered at home at how much Kaya un. Kasi Sabi dun Kung negative ma identify Kung pneumonia n lng or tb ung diagnosis skin.

    • kon says:

      mas ok kung sa hospital/clinic ka pumunta. a lot of people here bumabalik pa dito para itanong lang kung reliable yung test. Hi Precision pinaka sikat.

    • Mr. Xxx says:

      Hi nagkaron ako ng sex activity mga 1 month na nakakalipas. Then, medyo napaparanoid lang ako kasi baka infected na ako. 🙁 Though may condom naman nubg nag sex kami then bj. At saka di naman din tumagal sex namin since di ako marunong. Medyo hirap ako.. Nabasa ko na din na low risk ang bj pero risk pa din. Dapat na ba akong mag patest? Kahit 1 month palang. Sabi kasi ng ilan dito sa forum, mas mabuti kung 3 months after interaction. Natatakot lang ako na baka medyo late na yung 3 months at mauwi na sa aids. Suggestion po please 🙁

  39. K says:

    Ask lng po. I bought a home test kit. I had 1 solid line and 1 faint line. Does it mean I am positive?

  40. Mr.Anxious says:

    Guys tanong ko lang sa mga taga cebu. Ang counseling ba pag nagpatest individual o sabay sabay kayo? Sana po may sumagot. Thanks

  41. Jake says:

    May libre bang pagamotan ang hiv near in pangasinan??

    • Lloyd says:

      Nagpatest kana ba at nagpositive kaba then meron naba confirmatory?kung hindi pa wag ka muna magisip ng hiv na yan at hindi yan nakikita sa kung ano man sintomas..only test can tell kung meron ka hiv.

  42. Curious says:

    Can we get HIV from sex toys?

  43. Me says:

    Saan po ba pwding magpa check up around cabanatuan ang my hiv pki sgot nmn po at napepentang nako kakaisip hnd pa po ako nagpapa test pero mga sintomas po kc meron ako pls po pki sgot po

  44. Mr.Anxious says:

    At san ba talaga mas axxurate magpa test? Sa hospitals, laboratory o sa mga love urself? Gulong gulo na talaga isipan ko. Guato ko sana na pag magpatest eh accurate na talaga..lasy exposure ko unprotrcted mga may 2019 pa.pero last july 2019 may isang girl nag bj sakin at nagkiss kami. Magkaibang girl po sila sa may expoaure ko. Alam kong low risk ang bj pero may risk pa din. Straight guy pala ako. Pls help naman po. Pls

    • Mr.Anxious says:

      Natatakot naman ako sa kit kasi may nag false negative o positive. Yong accurate sana. Kong mag 4th gen ba ako na test accurate na yun? Sana po may sasagot.huhuhh

      • kon says:

        the HIV blood test is one of the most accurate test available, given that you test outside the window period which is 3 months. get tested kahit sa free (LYS) wnd you should be good. Oral sex is low risk, lalo na sa case mo. Negative /NR yan, good luck!

        • Mr.Anxious says:

          Salamat sa reply sir kon. Kaya ko tinanong kasi nagka hepa b ako dati 15 yrs ago na ata.. Pero na treat na un pero ganun paman pos na, d na kasi mag nenegative. May nabasa kasi ako dito nag nag faflase pos daw pag may ganun ka. Kaya ko tinatanong. Sobrang paranoid na talaga ako.

          • Mr.Anxious says:

            Kaya tinatanong ko ung accurate talaga kasi sa tingin ko di ko kakayanin kong sakaling hindi acxurate ang result. Nakakabaliw na sa kaba. Huhuhu

  45. Mr.Anxious says:

    Sino taga cebu na natatakot magpa test? Pwede sabay na lang tayo. Takot din kasi ako. Tanong ko lang din kong sang hospital may 4th gen na test.sobrang natatakot na talaga ako.d ako makatulog ng maayos at sobrang aga ko nagigising.

  46. rr says:

    I’ve had sex earlier with a foreign guy and he is very clean and stable but my concern is that when we are doing the doggy style, he have condoms but I wasn’t sure if he used it because when he stopped, I found the condom on his hand and he told menhe was checking if there’s a poop or something like that. Then he forced me to not look back and then I don’t know what to do so I followed. I’m super paranoid now! HELP ME! Is PEP available in Philippines?

  47. Juandelacruz says:

    Negative po kame kaso 10yrs mahigit nako nakapag test pero by glory of god negative gusto ko lang malaman kung tlgang yung 4th gen na yun e effective salamat po

  48. Juandelacruz says:

    Kaya bang iditect ng 4th gen ang 10 to 12yrs na hiv ask lang kase nag pa test ako last january may nag sabi kase sakin yung ex ko daw 2008 may hiv nag gagamot daw kinausap ko nadin meron nga sya kaya nag pa test negative po sa ritm pati wife at anak ko baka negative po lumabas 4th gen sabi ng counsil sakin salamat po sa sagot! Para matahimik din ako kakaisip salamat po tlga sa sagot

    • Juandelacruz says:

      Negative po kame kaso 10yrs mahigit nako nakapag test pero by glory of god negative gusto ko lang malaman kung tlgang yung 4th gen na yun e effective salamat po

      • Anonymous says:

        Mga sir last 1year ago nag pa test ako twice negative ang result pero hindi ako sure if umabot ba talaga sa 3months yun. Kasi Diba dapat 3months without contact sex para ma kaman mo na kung negative ka or positive. Ngayun na ba bahala ako kasi yung mga na basa ko na symptoms sa HIV my meron ako like yung sa panga ko my tumutunog minsan if eh buka ko baba ko. Tanong lng mga ser ano ba dapat Gawain? Kasi this week lng ako naka sex Hindi ako makapag test dapat 3months na walang contact before mag pa test tama ba?

  49. Jay says:

    Last test ko ng june negative ako.
    Tas my old man ako na karelasyon and lagi ako ngcocondom. Safe nmn daw sya.
    Pero i out lube first tas condom tas lube uli outside the condom.
    Thick condom dnagamit ko

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