HIV Testing in the Philippines – What you need to know and what you must know.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
LOVE YOURSELF ANGLO HUB
Unit 5, 3/F, Anglo Building, #715-A Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
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.”
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 and Japan FDA approved while SD Bio is Korean made and Korean FDA approved. 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.Fujibio’s Japan FDA Registration. Click photo to enlarge.
PROS: Very easy to use and results are very accurate. FDA Japan Approved. Do note that here in The Philippines, FDA does not approve any home test kits to encourage hospital only testing. I would personally recommend testing using test kits first as to give you an accurate idea of your status before going to the hospital. That way, you will know that you will test negative or positive in advance privately. It is also very convenient and you are assure that only you will know the result. Fujibio hiv test kits being sold online also offers free counseling.
CONS: Since the person that bought the kit will usually test himself or herself, Anxiety could lead to testing delay. Some people will contemplate for weeks before using the test kits and then eventually forgets that he bought one.
A positive HIV test using an HIV Home Test Kit
If you used any of my recommendations above in getting tested and you tested positive, DO NOT DESPAIR. HIV is a very controllable disease and achievement of undetectable viral load is the treatment goal. Living a normal life is very possible with HIV as long as treatment is started and adherence to the treatment regimen is established. We have 2 options in getting treated.
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.
Total estimated fare cost: 60 -120 Pesos.
For private vehicles:
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.
The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre
Address: 104 Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
(5 minutes’ walk from the Rajdamri BTS station and Silom MRT station)
Tel. (+66) 2-256-4107-9
Fax: (+66) 2-254-7577
DISCLAIMER: We here at HIV Test Philippines testify that opinions we expressed above are based on what we believe are facts. We are not paid by nor endorsing RITM, TRCARC and other hospitals or products mentoined above. Information above are based on what we think are best with regards to getting tested in the Philippines. Contributors here at HIV Test Philippines are HIV Counselors and are working actively for more than 5-15 years in HIV clinics in the Philippines.
I tried to have intercourse with a guy so that means both of us are men. We tried doing the sex but it didn’t work for me. Siguro let’s say hindi pumasok ng todo sa look parang tip lang nung ari niya. Maaariba akong mainfect if possible? Walang pumasok sa akin sa semen at nagblowjob lang naman po.
Good day kumuha po ako ng bayaran na babae.. pero walang penetration at both kami naka underwear.. bali nagkiskisan lang tapos nilabasan ako.. may chance po ba magka hiv ?
Sana nmn magparamdam yung dating admin dito….
hello anyone still active in here? im just paranoid may yellow discharge kasi ako kinakahaban ako baka STD to or HIV any people in here na may ganto rin symptoms na nag pa test na? please i need some answers
i will check this website everyday if someone wants to talk to just leave a reply here lets exchange some experience.
Pls pa check-up mo yan std yan bro.then patest ka for hiv
Are you still here? May mga symptoms karin ba
Yes i have rashes na pabalik balik at dry skin…kaya ako nag tatanong dito
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i was rape by a doctor i don’t know what to do. right now please someone help me. di ako maka tulog ng maayos dahil sa nag happen nag kaka nightmare ako every night dahil sa nag happen.
any symptoms?i hope you are ok maybe you should report it to the police
Is there Someone still manage this page??? Is it reliable source of getting tested and treatmant??someone admin pay attention this page in our situation right now???gusto ko lng malaamn if totoo ba itong kit ninyo at reliable,mas babala kc ang governtment sa paggamit ng fujibio.is it true thatti is unreliable??
wala na admin dito pino promote lang ung fujibio na test kit
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for example we have a house help who has hiv and diabetes. she pricks her finger daily to check for her glucose levels. She then bathes my baby or toddler daughter daily. would HIV be transmitted? because she would wash my baby or toddler’s private part.
Not trying to be bitchy, but FOR REAL? In this day and age, people still don’t understand HIV transmission? I hope this is not a joke , or worse, A REAL CONCERN! But, just to be clear…HINDE! Hinde mahahawaan ng HIV ang anak mo ng yaya mo, kahit hugasan pa ang private parts niya. OMG, kaya hinde mawala wala ang stigma about this friggin disease, ignorante pa din ang mga tao. GET EDUCATED , please lang.
Hello po..gano po kalaki ang chance na mahawa ako ng hiv kasi nag oral sex po kami both na walang suot na proteksyon.. at chineck kk yung bibig ko po..wala nman po akong sugat..thanks
Pede mag tanong, synchronous po ba or sabay na nagpapakita ung line ng C at T kung positive?
Or may tendecy po na late lumabas ung line sa T? Salamat po sa sasagot.
Feb 2021, di ko na matandaan yung exact date may naka sex ako na gay, anal sex. Tapos nitong march may pantal na lumabas sakin sa hita. So natakot ako bumili ako sa lazada ng hiv test kit 2pcs, magkaibang araw ko syang ginamit Negative naman, pero yung pantal sa hita ko hindi nawala kaya bumili ulit akk ng test kit apr. 20, nag try ulit ako dalawang line yung result malabo yung nasa ibaba. TANONG LANG PO, accurate po ba lahat ng HIV TEST KIT na nabibili sa lazada, and yung pantal kaya na nasa hita ko na hindi nawawala until now ay sintomas ng hiv? SANA MASAGOT TANONG KO. SOBRA NA KONG KINAKABAHAN. Last na po, kahit saang hospital po ba pwede ako magpa hiv test? Gusto ko ma kasing malaman yung totoo. Gapan Nueva Ecija location ko, sana matulungan nyo po ako.
Ako nagtataka ako 22 months after last sexual encounter ako nagpositive pero prior to that naka 3 h8v test ako ung pang 3rd test fujibio gamit ko tas ung last sa agency pa abroad nag positive nako ano kaya nangyari mga bro?
Akala ko pwede na akong mag move on tas biglang ganito naman na
nakakapagtaka ka din. iba iba pangalan pero iisang account.. sasabihin mo pa puro kabaklaan? tapos magtatanong ka dito ngayon?
Pwede bang lumitaw yung symptoms ng HIV 24hrs after sex? para kasi akong lalagnatin, pag kalipas ng isang araw.
My HIV po ba sa saliva?
May nag handjob po kasi sakin na sex worker, at masyadong mabilis yung pag handjob niya, at feeling ko parang nasugatan yung genital ko. tapos bigla po niyang BJ. wala pong vaginal sex ang nang yari. mag kaka HIV po ba ako sa laway lang? at wala din po ata siyang sugat sa bibig.
Hi, Possible ba ma transmit yung HIV thru oral sex,
may nag oral sex sakin, sex worker, BJ lang niya ako at walang sex na naganap, napansin ko lang na maraming saliva siya nilalabas during BJ. Posible ba na mahawa ako ng HIV.
Salamat sa sagot.
Hi gud am ask ko lang kung sa mga social hygiene clinic test kung ngapa test ako ng 7 week from my last exlosure which is i used condom nmn pero n ow job nya ako then ngka haodi pagihi ko ininuman ko antibiotic at nwlaa in 7 weeks po ba n pagpapatest acurate nba sya s mga social hygiene clinic po positive ksi sya at namatay nron po after 1 year ntatakot po kasi ako pero gumamit namn ako ng condom pero na blow job nya ako at dun humapdi pag ihi ko nov 28 2019 last exosure ko then january 15 2020/ngpahiv test ako so 7 week po ok nba yun acurate b sya
Get tested after 3 mos that would be conclusive..
unprotected vgnal sex po exposure, then after 1 month lab test using diagnostic test pa puntang abroad negative po ang result… After 2 months (total 3months) i took test using fujibio bought sa website negative po ang result.. Then wait po uli 3months (total 6months) fujibio kit po uli negative po uli ang result.. Conclusive na po ba ang 6months?
negative kna bro..move on
Hi pa help naman po, may naka sex po kasi ako na sex worker, kinaen ko lang po yung vagina niya, pero walang penetration ang nangyari, bali po oral sex lang kami. posible ba na mahawa ako ng HIV, at gano kataas yung chance ko mahawa. salamat sa sagot, teenager lang po ako, kinakabahan.
Oral sex, low risk of getting hiv nman pero ptest ka ndin after 3 mos of possible exposure, para lang makasure ka.
Help di ko na po ma backread lahat but I tested negative (after 6 tests – covering 1 whole year after exposure) – using Fujibio.
Napaparanoid pa rin kasi ako gawa ng rashes sa katawan ko and all. Oral sex lang naman po ginawa ko kaso parang may singaw ako at that time/mouth wound.
Okay na po sana ako kaso lately may nakita ako posting na hindi FDA Approved si Fujibio hence unsafe.
Salamat po sa makakahelp sakin.
Bro/Sis stop na, 6 times kana nag test at negative nman results mo. I think enough n yun n wala kang std nkuha. Takes time siguro pero malalagpasan mo din yan, mag kaka health anxiety ka nyan kung hindi ka maniniwala sa result, 6 na test consistent nman result i think enough n yun para sabihin n okay ka.
last exposure ko po last year july nag patest po ako nov nr safe na po ba yun?
Genotypic Resistance Testing
Baseline genotyping is recommended in new HIV patients, as well as in HIV patients where ARVs do not seem to be working as well as before.
It is important because in order for HIV to be treated effectively, multiple anti-HIV medications have to be given at the same time. Genotyping allows us to give the correct medications that is effective against that particular strain of HIV virus.
The HIV virus is constantly mutating as well, to learn how to fight the ARVs it is exposed to. Giving the correct medications also slows the HIV virus from learning how to be resistant to the ARVs being given to treat it.
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Hi kakatest ko lg po gamit ang fujibio kit from their website, 5 months po last risk exposure ko oral lg po pero after 2 days nagka diarrhea at lagnat po ako then sumakit mga joints at nagkalymph nodes tapos namumuti dila ko.
Yung lumabas po negative pero may parang apaw sa baba ng dugo pero walang line sa T. Medyo nabobother lg po ako don. Pano mag send ng photo dito?
Ur safe basta iisa ang line
Last sex ko was Nov 20, tapos nagpa test ako Jan 14, sa Klinika Bernardo. negative siya. accurate na ba yun?
No. You have to wait 3 months to get conclusive result
Thanks sa site na to na guide ako ng husto! ingat guys sa covid at hiv at iba pang mga sakit. stay safe.
, 3 weeks lab test nonreactive, 6 weeks lab test nonreactive, 9weeks hiv bioline test kit non reactive,3 months after exposure rapid test kit hiv nonreactive ,need pa ba magpatest ulit po?
Conclusive na yan. Stay safe..
hi po. my transmition po ba kapag parehas kayo ng ininuman na tubig tapos my dugo sa tubig ? salamat po
Hi po, pwede na po ba magpatest ng hiv nung march 4, 2020 po yung last sex ko. Pero may nararamdam po ako sa katawan ko. Sensitive po hawakan yung left leg ko at sa may ari at sa buttocks ko. Kinakabahan na po ako. Salamat po sa sasagot.
Hi Last march 7. I had sex with someone.
Now, I lied to him about my last sex. Sabi ko sa kaniya last october 28 pa. Pero the truth is i har sex with someone last feb 14. Since mgkalayo kami ng distance like 50 miles away, thru chat lang usap namin. He said my discharge daw siya the next day. Hirap daw siya umihi. As the female, I was alarmed. Infected pala ako. I chatted the guy I had sex with last feb 14. He’s completely okay. Wala naman daw nangyaring masama sa kaniya.
I can’t sleep kung niloloko ba ako nung guy na may stds ko or what. Kasi yubg kast kong kasex okay na okay naman daw siya. Nd I’m okay as well prro di talaga ako makatulog so I scheduled for a test in an HIV testing center near our area.
Tunay bang kinukuha ng Mercury drug yung prescription ? Tapos may sinusulat daw ?
I was asking for his prescriptions pero di niya ipakita sakin
Please say something.
Baka yung ka sex mo nung feb 14 ang nakahawa sayo ng std/sti.. Hindi naman aamin yan syempre kaya magpatest ka narin.. Good luck..
better pa test ka 3 months iwas muna sa sex pag nakuha mo na tsaka kna ulit bumira ng sex stay safe
We had sex twice nung Feb then once Nung First week ng March..then sinasabi nya nagpapahiwatig sya na magingat daw ako kasi may nakikita syang symptoms of hiv sa self nya..then sinabi nya sakin un para a week ago..then ngayun may sorethroat ako for 4 days ata..then sa ulo ng penis parang may dalawang pimple then nilalagnat ako sa hapon..please help thanks
Wala kabang condom nung nag sex kau pa test kana
pag unprotective.. like condom mataas chances mo makakuha ng STD
Puro kasi kabaklaan eh.madalas pa mga atheist.yan tuloy
Wala naman po ako lagnat pero nag ka diarrhea po ako after 2 weeks of exposure. posible bang HIV po eto.
Pwede pero maganda patest ka isually weeks after infection lalabas ang sintomas
good day! just wanna ask, if a person have an intercourse with an infected person pero nagcondom sya, is there any possibility na mahawa?
basta yung condom walang leak or no other way of transmitted the virus safe ka po
May idea po ba kayo if sinong doctor pwede pa consult for HIV sa Medical city-ortigas?
Sobra kong na i stress now 🙁 though nag negative nmn ako sa unang HIV test ko- 1 month after exposure.
Hindi ko ma explain ung na pi feel ko now, hindi na ko maka tulog sa gabi 🙁 .
anxiety yan. tiis pa ng konti, at 6-7 weeks, reliable na results.
Ha 6 weeks to 7 conclusive na kac ako nag pa check Ng 34 days none reactive nmn ako sa hepa b spylis at hiv kac may naka sex KC akong babae bj nya ako sex na kami naka condom nmn ako pero d ko sya oral sex Jan 16 kac kami nag sex pero nung time kac super stress na ko at paranoid tpos naalala ko pala na galing sya Ng dating site pero naging kami nmn Ng Jan 5 Kaya lalong tuminde Yung stress ko nag ka anxiety nako d makatulog halos dalawang bwan na wlang tulog halos 1 hr 3 hrs Lang ayun nag chill na ko tpos naka sore throat muscle pain ako til now d pa ako uli nag pa check 1 week nlang 2 month na din mag pa check paba ako may nabasa kac ako na 34 days 4th generation pwede na daw ma detect in 14 days pero wla nmn akong matindeng lagnat maliban Lang sa sore throat ko
Sa medical city-ortigas ako nag pa test (VCT ung reseta), 1 month exposure.
pag kaka alam ko, Dec. 29 kami nag sex tas nung nag pa check ako is Feb. 11 which is non-reactive. – it means okay n kaya un? 🙁 , pero papa check ulit ako sa April to ensure na wala tlga at para maka tulog n din ako 🙁
Nakaka baliw lang is ung mga nababasa ko na mga symptoms sa google, like ung rash-na viral infection daw as per viral infectious doctor and ung hindi nawawalang pan lalamig ng katawan. kaka baliw lang na pati pag papa kamatay is naiisip ko na :(.
Misan yan din naiisip ko, yung magpakamatay nalang, tipong pagod na pagod na ako. sawang sawa na ako sa takot. tipong gumigising ka nalang para matakot, tipong parang balewala na ang lahat. Pero may good news, ito yung pinanghahawakan ko ngayon
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Good, day po ask ko lang po saan po pwde mag pa test for hiv blood, kc my nararamdaman po ako about sa katawan ko po..
open google maps and try looking for nearby clinics/test sites.
Prosecutor Feria in QC Hiv
Pwede po bang dumeretso ng RITM kahit hindi pa gumagamit ng hiv home testing kit?
Kailan lalabas yung symptoms kapag meron kang gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Fujibii is mote reliable…lazada?as for me ayaw ko magtiwala jan mura na hindi pa natin alam kung approved ba yan…fujibio is approved by japan hindi nga lang dito pero the govt of japan approved yan…INGAT SA ONLINE KIT LALO NA GALING LAZADA.
Can I ask if it is possible to get HIV or any STI if both of me and my partner are uninfected? We were about to have sex but she stopped me because she was on her period but I felt some gooey liquid on the head of my penis. It wasn’t blood so I don’t really know.
Thanks. But do you think I should still get tested? I’m still kinda worried because I think I had a symptom. I had 3 styes which lasted for a month. I don’t really know but I think it is Blepharitis.
best to consult a urologist for professional advise.
i want to know where to get tested in san pedro laguna
Search mo..ask google
Pwede sabay tayo takot ako mag patest mag isa eh 🙁
San po pwedeng mag pa vaccine ng Hepatitis B near Pasig.
Nakipag sex po ako sa isang sex worker,at that time may sugat po yung tounge ko, I used condom naman po at parang less 1 min lang yung vagina sex, at hinubad ko na po at BJ niya ako, habang bbj niya ako, hinalikan niya ako, posible ba na mag karoon ako ng HIV. at gaano kataas yung risk ko po na maging HIV posive.
Mag papatest parin ako after 3 mos exposure.
Good day po sa lahat can I ask something po. I was really paranoid po simula kanina pag uwi ko po
Galing work kase po may nakita po akong mga white liquid po na naiwan sa underwear ko po parang
May pagkayellowish po sya sobrang takot na takot po ako ngaun .
I have my first encounter po sa sex nung last Thursday po and ngaun ganito po Yung nangyayari po saken mahapdi po ung feeling sa penis ko po kapag umiihi po ako and may nakita din po akong mga buong white liquid po sa bibig po Ng penis ko po .
What to do po ? Sobrang napaparonoid napo ako .
Please help pde Napo ba akong magpatest kahit wala pang weeks ung lumilipas before the encounter po?
TIA po God bless to all po .
Its posible na nagka STD ka boy!
How much po hiv test sa st.lukes ? 1 month pre exposure po ?
San po mkkbli test kit?