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. Negative says:

    Saan ko po ba kayo pwede ma contact? Taga makati po ako baka mag kalapit lang po tyo and possible kung pwede ko makuha no nyo or email thanks. Apektado na kasi work ko even sa mga anak ko. Thanks

  2. Negative says:

    Salamat sa sagot mam grace yung gamit sa medical is “chemiluminescent” and makati med. Mam baka naman pwede ka makausap. Everyday ko na kasi iniisip to kahit may test result na. Nabanggit nyo po nag pa second opinion kayo sa medical city and nag pos po kayo? Mam grace salamat sa advice nyo. Wait ko po yung result from makati med till tuesday sana po makausap ko kayo.

  3. Negative says:

    Gud pm mam grace

    • grace koh says:

      meron pong sakit na tinatawag na somatoform disorder, kung saan pag po parati mong iniisip nag mamanifest talaga sha sa katawan… example po nito yung pagiging paranoid sa HIV.. pwede pong mag labasan yung mga symptom na feeling mo eh symptom ng HIV. may ganito pong sakit and most probably affected ka nito. I suggest unwinding and doing something positive.

      talking about HIV will bring back your paranoia so i suggest wag ka munang mag search search.

      the HIV test kit is 99.98% positive, hindi ko sure yung accuracy ng sa medical city pero i think 99 din yan and above.

    • juan tamad says:

      Mam ask ko lang kung accurate b hiv test sa recomemded ng opisina namin kc every alis nmin ksama sa medical nmin ang hiv test negative naman poh ako just to be sure lang.

  4. Negative says:

    Mam grace baka naman pwede kang matawagan. Maganda na yung may nakakausap. Palagi kung inaabangan reply mo

  5. Negative says:

    Mam grace bakit kaya ganito nag pa test na ako non reactive. Window period ko is 6 months. Bakit parang feeling ko napaso dila ko at hindi sya kulay pink kulay puti sya at parang natutuyo.

  6. Negative says:

    Oo nga mam grace paranoid na ako 2 months na akung ganito kahit non reactive result ko kaya nag pa second opinion ako re test ulet.

  7. Negative says:

    Salamat mam grace. Wait ki nalang yung test result sa makati med. possible kaya mag positive ako? Unang test ko kasi sa medical city non reactive wala naman na akung exposure for 7 months.

  8. Negative says:

    Kasama ba sa hiv symptoms yung tingiling of fingers and numbness of hands?

    • grace koh says:

      non specific po ang HIV… wala po shang symptoms na sha lang ang nag tataglay. You will know na may HIV ka only once you get tested. I suggest purchasing the kit mentioned above, doon ako nag positive eh ( http://www.hivtestkit.ph ) once nag negative ka diyan, negative ka na talaga. I think your just paranoid.

  9. Negative says:

    Busy pa ata si mam grace

  10. Negative says:

    Mam grace nabanbggit nyo walang symptoms ang HIV. Nag karon kasi ako ng rash sa likod at dibdib after sa braso naman hindi nama sya gaano makati. Kaya nag assume na ako na may HIV na ako. Then ngayun parang double vision ang paningin ko at medyo mahapdi ng konti eyes ko. HIV kaya to? Non reactive naman test ko ty

  11. Negative says:

    Mam grace nag pa test na kasi ako sa medical city and non reactive possible ba na mag reactive ako sa makati med wala na akoung ibang contact. At june 30, 2014 yung huli ko. Nag pa retest ulet ako ngayun. Diba lagpas na ako sa window period? Thanks

  12. Negative says:

    Mam grace if you have contact no baka naman pwede kita matawagan maraming salamat po

  13. Negative says:

    Mam grace nag pa re test ako ngayun sa makati med sana negative talaga. Kasi yung huling test ko is january 26, 2015 nonreactive naman po. Sobrang paranoid nakasi ako kakaisip mula pa nung january 1 until now di ako makatulog ng maayus.

  14. rjj says:

    salamat grace koh. Maybe sa sinus ko lang eto. Sipon lang naman kasi hindi gumagaling sakin.

  15. nhell says:

    Ngaun nakakaexpirience ako ng sign ng ganorrhea… My hiv na ba ako?

    • grace koh says:

      mas mataas ang chance magka hiv pag may accompanying disease like gonorrhea, syphilis etc… pero nobody can say if + or – ka you need to get tested.

      • nhell says:

        Ahhh maam grace… Baligtad po ba? Kung my hiv ka, mas mataas ang chance mgkaroon ng ibng std/sti? Kasi medio hihina ang immune system.mo?

        • grace koh says:

          wala po tayong innate immunity sa STDs so irregardless mataas ang immune system mo, pag may pumasok na gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphillis etc. sa katawan mo ma iinfect at ma iinfect ka. Mas mataas ang chance magkaroon ng HIV ifinfected ka with other STDs kasi may inflammation sa mucus membrane hence, mas madaling pumasok at mag penetrate sa loob ng katawan ang HIV. Once infected ka ng HIV mas prone ka sa mga infection na usually immune tayo or nalalabanan natin such as cough, colds, and opportunistic infections na hindi tumatama sa isang normal na tao like mycobacterium bovis, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, mycobacterium avium at iba pa.

  16. Jer says:

    Hi risk ba one time lang nakipag sex sa babae no 4play pasok lang and hindi ka nag come sa loob? Malaki ba ang chance na mahawa ka if HIV pos. sya? Ty

  17. Wally says:

    Mam grace na overlook ko yung mga sagot mo ngayun ko lang po nakita. Regarding po dun sa 7 months after mag pa test. Salamat po kasi until now paranoid talaga ako kaya gusto ko naman mag pa re test sa makati med. Mam grace pasensya kana sa mga katanungan ko.

    • grace koh says:

      3 months lang po accurate na… siguro kaya ka ginamitan ng duo/combo test kasi less than 14 days yung last sexual intercourse mo na unprotected.

  18. Wally says:

    Mam grace plan ko kasi ulet mag pa re test sa makati med. Kaka test ko lang january 2015 need ko pa ba mag hintay ng 3 months para mag pa re test ulet? Wala naman na akung ibang activity. Thanks

  19. Wally says:

    Mam grace baka po may contact no ka baka possible na makausap ka thanks

  20. Wally says:

    Nag tanung ako sa medical city dalawa pla ang ginagamit nila elisa and yung 4th gen. Pag 7 months na ba ang nakalipas at nag pa test ok na ba yun mam grace?

  21. Wally says:

    Sabi nila sa 4th generation test HIV Ag/Ab Combo Architect sensitive na yang pang test na yan. Yan ang mga gamit ng mga private hospital.

    • grace koh says:

      hindi po advisable ang 4th generation combo… accurate lang po sha early sa infection and 95% ang sensitivity nya.. walang hospital sa pilipinas na gumagamit nyan dahil gold standard parin ang elisa+western blot.

      ginagamit lang yan pag gusto mong mag pa test at 2-3 days ago yung encounter mo wherein hindi ka pa mag dedevelop ng antibody. After 6 weeks hindi na sha advisable gamitin.

  22. Wally says:

    Nag basa din ako sa google symptom like rash then test after 6 months non reactive naman. Di ko sure kung reliable. Kaya re test ulet. Im not sexually active pero better na ma test. Sex with female unprotected twice lang 2013 and 14

  23. Wally says:

    Wag ka mag basa sa google di lahat totoo. Better mag pa test kesa sa mag isip. Kung totoo ang window period…

  24. Wally says:

    Dapat ba mag tiwala sa test? 3 months or 6 months na window period? Let say nag pa test ka sa mga private hospital? Yung window period ba totoo?

  25. nhell says:

    Kakabasa ng mga article sa google, napapraning na ako… Aits… Ang hirap ng my gantong iniisip, sana naman wala akong sakit… Sana talaga…

  26. Wally says:

    Bakit thailand pa mag papagamot?

  27. Rovz says:

    hello po..ok nmn po b pumunta ng thailand kung positive ka sa hiv..ska anu po pdng gwin guide papunta dun..

  28. Wally says:

    Yung window period ba na 3 months at wala ng activity accurate po ba yun?

  29. Negative says:

    Thanks mam grace sa pag sagot sa mga tanung namin

  30. Negative says:

    Sabi kasi ng doctoc 3 weeks palang mag develop na anti bodies. Ganun po ba yun?

  31. Negative says:

    Mam grace yung 7 months ba after exposure reliable na ba yun na talagang negative ka? Yung nag test medical city thanks. O need pa mag pa re test ulet?

    • grace koh says:

      opo sobra sobra na ang 7 months… 3 weeks ang earliest pero 80% accurate palang yun, 6 weeks is 85%, 3 months is 98%

      • Negative says:

        So meaning if may HIV po ako mas detected na po ba?

        • grace koh says:

          detected na po yun 3 months palang accurate na kasi

          • Negative says:

            Ic nag pa retest ulet kasi ako sa makati med ngayun hopefully negative talaga ako. Na papananoid na kasi ako kakaisip araw araw gabi gabi di na ako nakakatulog ang laki na ng pinayat ko mula jan 1, 2014 hanggang ngayun kakaisip. Nag pa checkup narin ako sa doctor may mga nararamdaman kasi ako like parang double vision paningin ko at parang mahapdi mata ko and kakaisip lunok ako ng lunok baka may singaw na ako. Then sa madaling araw parang nilalamig ako wala naman ako lagnat at may pawis dibdib ko. Sabi ng doctor pa check ako baka may hyperthyroidism ako. Pag may nararamdaman kasi ako link ko agad sa HIV. Possible kaya sa sobrang pag iisip ko mam grace?

  32. nhell says:

    Maraming salamat po, maam grace… Aits sana naman wala syang sakit at sana wala din akong sakit… Pero kung meron man magkaron sana ako ng lakas ng loob tulad nyo, at sana din matulungan nio ako.
    Maam, halimbawa ilang araw ka palng ng maiexposed sa taong carrier ng virus at nahawa ka lalabas po ba kaagad ang mga symptoms tulad ng vomitting diarhea, skin rashes at mga kulani sa neck?

  33. nhell says:

    Hi good day… May tanong lng po ako… Kasi kahapon feb 14, nagkaron ako ng unprotected sex sa hnd ko kilala… 🙁 anal sex ang nanyare samen, ako ang nagbottom sakanya, nafinger ko din sia gamit ang finger ko n my napakaliit na sugat… Napaparanoid ako kasi baka mgkasakit ako… Kung sakaling my sakit sia mahahawa po ba ako sa ngng sex namen… Please need ko po ng responds…

    • grace koh says:

      possible na mahawa ka sa 2 instances, yung famiminger mo na may sugat yung kamay mo and yung pag totop mo.. though napaka baba ng risk, may risk. after 3 months pa test ka.

      • nhell says:

        Pati po ba yung pagbagsak ng katawan at ng timbang makikita kaagad.kahit hnd ka pa nacoconfirm na my hiv ka? Kasi po dva 3months to develop at to detect na my hiv ka?

        • grace koh says:

          wala pong symptom ang HIV until bumaba ang cd4 mo below 200….. ma fefeel mo na sakitin ka usually infectious in nature and madali kang mahapo/mapagod. It will take years bago ma reach yung ganong level kaya yung nararamdaman mo ngayon is non specific.

    • grace koh says:

      pangit sa mga free testing, i have a friend na nag positive din sa ganito… every week may students na pumupunta sa bahay nila for research/case studies nakaka demean… na libre ka nga sa hiv testing pero nawalan ka na ng privacy habang buhay.

  34. rjj says:

    Gusto ko magpatest para mawala na yun pangamba ko na may ganung sakit ako. O kung meron man (wag naman sana) ay maagapan agad at hindi na humantong sa aids. Nagtanong nako sa laboratory testing center dito samin pero ang sabi ay kailangan ng request ng doktor. Nahihiya naman ako magpakonsulta sa doktor lalo sa public hospital kasi iba ang tingin nila sa mga hiv/aids patients. Paguusapan at pagchichismisan ka pa nila.

    • grace koh says:

      rjj, imposibleng magka HIV ka dahil sa needle na ginamit pang tahi. Unang una, sterile lahat ng karayom na ginagamit sa hospital, pangalawa, hindi ni rereuse ang mga needle na pang tahi..

      pangatlo miski ginamit yung needle na yun sa hiv positive client at ginamit ulet sayo, hindi kamahahawa.. hindi sapat ang viral load na maiiwan sa needle para mahawa ka… isa pa, patay agad ang hiv pag lumabas sa katawan. Na tratransfer lang ang HIV sa karayom if instantaneously kakalabas lang nito sa katawan ng HIV positive client at pinasok agad sa vein mo, thats with needle sharing during drug use pero inspite of that, yung risk is still low at 0.11 %

      hindi ko ma rerecommend mag pa test ka sa ma free testing centers, unang una i rerecord ka nila sakaling mag positive ka mawawalan ka ng privacy dahil binibigay din nila yung name mo sa mga researchers at students para interviehin ka. Kaya yung mga HIV + people magugulat nalang may kumakatok sa labas ng bahay nilang mga students… its really demeaning. Just buy the kit mentioned above.

  35. rjj says:

    Eto naman yun case ko. 03/2013 nanganak ako sa bunso ko sa isang bahay paanakan. July 2013 nagsimula ako magkasakit. Pabalik balik lagnat ko. Tapos September 2013 nagpacheck up ako at nadiagnose na may chikunggunya. 1 week after yun sipon at ubo ko. Uminom ako ng gamot pero hindi tumalab. January 15, 2014 nagpacheck up ako dahil hindi talaga nawawala ubo at sipon ko. Niresetahan ako ng gamot. Ubo lang nawala. Pero yun sipon hindi. Hanggang ngayon sinisipon pa din ako. Kaya napapaisip na tuloy ako baka may hiv nako. Isa lang nakikita kong dahilan kung bakit ko naiisip na posibleng may hiv ako. Yun needle na ginamit sa pwerta ko nun tinahi ito after ko manganak. Naging tapat naman kami sa isa’t isa ng asawa ko kaya imposibleng unsafe sex ako makakuha ng ganun. (share)

  36. Negative says:

    Gud day grace koh may contact no ka ba? Possible ba na matawagan kita thanks…

  37. nadine says:

    Thanks alot its easier to access a test and feel at ease….and now im happy because i know im negative……and now my new boyfriend will come soon and we both plan to take together the test and have sex freely….

  38. grace koh says:

    then wala… mag ingat ka nalang napakahirap magka HIV… almost 2 years na akong meron magastos.. hindi naman mahirap, pero magastos -_-

  39. Negative says:

    Grace wala naman nag pa annual check up naman ako wala naman.

  40. Negative says:

    Yes robin pero sabi ng doctor no need na daw same result din basta walang ibang activity. Na troma din kasi ako. Actually marami na ako nakausap at napag tanungan sa mga nag ka council. Grabe kasi yung pinag daanan ko nag assume na ako na meron na akung sakit.
    Nag advice yung doctor wag masyado mag basa sa google better mag pa consult muna para hindi ma praning kagaya ko.

  41. Negative says:

    Yes robin pero sabi ng doctor no need na daw same result din basta walang ibang activity. Na troma din kasi ako. Actually marami na ako nakausap at napag tanungan sa mga nag ka council. Grabe kasi yung pinag daanan ko nag assume na ako na meron na akung sakit.
    Nag advice yung doctor wag masyado mag basa sa google better mag pa consult muna para hindi ma praning kagaya ko. Salamat talaga.

  42. Negative says:

    Minsan sumasagi sa isipan ko baka nag kamali yung test sa medical city. Pero sabi sakin hindi daw pwede mag kamali kasi talagang sinusuri mabuti at pirmado ng pathologist yung result pag mali ang ginawa nila pwede balikan yung hospital at mawalan ng license yung pathologist. Tama po ba? And may nag sabi rin sa akin same daw ng ginagamit lahat ng hospital sa pag test May SOP daw lahat ng hospital na nag te test ng HIV. Isang ragent ba tawag dun? Yun daw ginagamit nila. Para sa gusto mag pa test wag kayo matakot and isipin nyo if mag positive is hindi naman death sentence yun para lang may hypertention or diabetes na pwede ma control at mabuhay ng normal.

    • Robin delacruz says:

      Hello good thing negative ka at least aware ka na kung anu dapat iwasan mo para di ka mainfect ng hiv. Mgpatest ka nlng sa mga libreng clinic medyo mahal din sa private hospital eh if you will opt to have your hiv result to be confirm after three months.

    • Anxietyboy says:

      Same tayo ng nararamdaman.. Tatlong beses akong nagpatest s hospital.. 11weeks, tapos 89 days tapos last is 105days or 15weeks.. Pero bakit kinakabahan pa din ako kahit negative ako.. Meron akong white tongue ngayon..

  43. Negative says:

    amg problema ko ngayun masyado kung binabantayan yung katawan ko may mapansin lang ako nag iisip ako baka HIV paranoid na talaga

  44. Negative says:

    Gud am share ko lang experience ko. Nag karon ako ng unprotected sex sa dalawang babae dec 2013 at june 2014. Then dec 2014 nag karon ako ng rash sa dibdib for one week them sa arms naman for 3 weeks. Natakot ako kaya nag google ako kung ano ang symptoms ng hiv. Yung rash halos parehas sa symptoms lalo ako kinabahan at natakot 30 days akung hindi makatulog at makakain palagi ako naiihi at nanuyo dila ko kakaisip. bago ako nag ka rash may ginamit kasi akung chemical pang linis ng makina ng kotse na expose ako dun for 3 weeks iniisip ko baka dahil dun kaya nag ka rush ako pero based sa google same rash yung sa HIV. Kaya ginawa ki nag pa test na ako sa medical city dated jan 26,2015 sabi ng nurse pag lumabas ang result after 2 days negative daw pero pag inabot ng 2 to 3 weeks possible positive. Panay ang dasal ko na sana negative. After 2 days nakuha ko na yung result salamat ka diyos negative nga ako. And pasok na pasok sa window period almost 7 months na huling contact ko. Pero sabi ng nurse 3 months lang makikita na. Kaso ang problema ko ngayun naiisip ko parin yung mga pinag daanan ko in 30 days na troma ako. Then nag pa consult ako sa doctor ng makati med pinakita ko yung result ko. Sabi nya negative talaga ako. Iniisip ko kasi baka nag kamali sabi ng doctor hindi pwede mag kamali kasi sensitive test ang HIV kaya accurate daw. Hindi parin ako mapalagay nag pa council parin ako sa makati med. Mabuti naman at may nakausap ako. Negative daw talaga ang sabi pa low risk daw ako kasi sa babae ako nakipag sex at twice lang. Sabi nya mas delikado daw kung may sugat yung ari ko at gumalaw ako ng babae kasi dun daw papasok yung virus pero talaganng maliit lang daw tung chance na mahawa ako kasi hindi ako masyadong expose. Napaparanoid na talaga ako kakaisip na baka meron after 3 months baka mag pa test ulit ako para mawala worries ko. Pero sabi sa akin ng doctor no need na daw.

  45. sam says:

    Hello sam here student .Malapit lng bhay namin sa san lazaro hosptal pero wala ako lakAs loob na mag pa check gusto ko tlga magpa check…. Cnu po gusto mgpacheck d2 sabay po ako 🙂

  46. John Saunders says:

    Eh kasi po. Di ko alam kung saan ko ipapadeliver yung kit kasi takot pa ako malaman ng family ko di pa po ako ready. 18 palang po kasi ako ih.

  47. John Saunders says:

    Madami na ako nakasex last sex ko is nung nov. 7 2014 then i decided to stop nung after mga 5 day sumakit tonsils ko at nilagnat ako nagpaconfine ako at naka 3 cbc kasi di nila malamankung ano sakit ko yung tonsils ko lang naman ang nasakit sa akin nagka acute tonsilitis ako. After ko gumaling ok namam back to normal. Last week nakagat ko ang labi ko 3 times at ngayon may singaw ako. Do you think sign yun ng HIV? Please response thank you.

    • Robin delacruz says:

      Better to have hiv test. Sabi mo may mga unprotected sex ka so you have a risk of getting hiv.

      • John Saunders says:

        Robin, magkano nagagastos mo sa pagpapagamot sa bangkok? San hotel ka nag check in? BJ po then yung pabottom may condom naman po.

        • grace koh says:

          pa test ka para sure… bat ka pupunta agad sa bangkok baka negative ka naman. initial gastos mo is 20k+ sa unang visit tapos hindi mo pa makukuha lahat ng gamot kasi babalik ka ulet after 1-2 months.

          bumili ka lang nung test kit na ni recommend sa page na to 870 pesos lang hindi ka na lalabas ng bahay. pwede rin sa san lazaro pero dapat maaga palang naka pila ka na, tanda ko 20 pesos lang ata. may mga libreng test din kaso mahaba nga rin pila kung may pera ka sa hivtestkit.ph ka bumili dun ako nag positive chaka ako nag punta sa bangkok.

        • Robin delacruz says:

          Kahit may condom hindi mo masabi panu if nabutas or may butas ung condom kahit maliit mas mataas ang chance kapag ngpabottom ka or nkipg vaginal sex ka. Ang Oral sex slim chance na mahawa ka dun.

  48. yobz says:

    Gud day po,pd ba aq mkhingi ng ibang sign ng hiv. base on ur experience,kz mnsan kmakati balat ko mnsan sa braso mnsan sa legs tas pg knakamot dumadami prang umaalsa ang balat pero within a minute nwwala dn,tska feeling ko nghhina ktawan ko lgi at ung kamay at mga paa ko na ngangalay prng wlng lakas kya lgi ko bnibend. worried po aq subra kz dmi ko na po nka unprotected sex since last 2yers.my HIV nba aq??? Plz help ned ur advice guys tnx…

  49. grace koh says:

    sylvia, HIV cannot survive the outside environment for more than a second once expose to the air. And also, hindi ginagamit ang virus mismo para ma test ang virus, may protein sa virus na dinedetect ng chemical sa kit… ang tinetest nya po is yung antibody proteins na pinoproduce ng katawan natin na nasa blood so the kit is using proteins in the antigen to detect proteins in the antibody. You cannot use the entire hiv virus to detect it, just a protein of the antigen that reacts with it.

    also, miski kumuha ka ng hiv + blood isang litro fresh from a person that is hiv positive at ibuhos mo sa sugat mo, hindi ka mag kaka HIV. hindi ko ma gets kung bakit ka na paparanoid at kung ano anong research ang ginagawa mo, just research on the transmission… you cannot transfer HIV from an external source to a cut or puncture in the skin. The transfer should happen inside the body such as anal/vaginal tears during intercourse.

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