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 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 FDA Japan Approval CertificateFujibio’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

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. worriedmom says:

    Hai ma’s iba ang sitwasyon KO damay ang baby n walang kamuang muang.. Ako ang nag pakasarap sia naman sasalo ng hirap sa sakit na nkuha KO sa pag papakasarap KO. Nakakabaliw minsan gusto KO nlng tumakbo palayo sa mga tao at mag paka matay. Huhuhuhu ;( salamat at may group n ganito dito KO LNG nalalabas tong problemang toh..

    • Zoe says:

      Kalma lang,ganyan din situation ko,pero i stopped worrying kasi nga naisip ko na hindi na mababago ng pagpapanic o pag aalala if positive ako,or family ko,the best thing to do is to gather enough strength and get tested para maaga makapag pagamot. I know how worried you are and the guilt is eating you but it won’t help your situation.

  2. tine says:

    Ako rin po nag woworry naku kailangan ko ng magpapalakas ng loob ko handa ako magpatest asap mis zoe at negative tara usap tau

  3. Glender says:

    Guy panong nakakatakot bunalik? Anung test ginamit sayo nag patest ako last feb 18 sa and non reactive din ako ok ba sa san lazaro mqgpatest? Magkano?

  4. Guy says:

    Thank you zach sa story and pam palakas ng loob i was tested 3 weeks after exposure and non reactive wait ko pa daw ng 3months sa san lazaro din akk nag pa test kaso natatakot n ulit ako bumalik doon

    • Glender says:

      Guy panong nakakatakot bunalik? Anung test ginamit sayo nag patest ako last feb 18 sa and non reactive din ako ok ba sa san lazaro mqgpatest? Magkano?

  5. Zach says:

    good day everyone!

    hi im Zach and this is the code name i chose as it is needed in RITM during registration.

    I am 24 years old and had a lot of unprotected sex. i started having anal sex(bottom) when i was 17 and seriosly MALANDI tlaga ko, parang motto ko ung: “Walang Mala-Malayo sa Makating Pwet.” so right now im 24 and i think i had 20+ guys whom i had sex with most of it 1 night stand.
    When i was 19 I had Herpes Zoster or what we call Shingles but seriously I never pumasok sa isip ko that time that I have HIV but after that incident niless ko na ung pagiging active ko sa sex.
    Here we go, I had my longest relationship with “KONSI”.it lasted morethan a year and it started around dec 2011. Wala na kong other sex partner aside from him and habng tumatagal ung relationship namen I found out that he hires guy for sex way back and we’re practicing unsafe sex me as the bottom.if I remember correctly my last sex with him was oct2012.
    Alright so years have passed and on early months of 2013 I’ve been working as a callcenter agent and again walang sex after oct 2012. So ung first “SYMPTOMS” ko is! 1.)PANGHIHINA almost everyday ito ung kalbaryo ko sa pagpasok. Feeling ko katmaran pero evrytime magmall kame sobrang pagod agad ako. 2.)SIPON halos di gumagaling 3.UBO I see a pulmo and just gave me antibiotic then Ok na.
    On july of 2014 I had otoplasty or what we call ear pinning(cosmetic surgery) after 2 weeks I started to Itch. Makating Makati buong katawan ko. Lump on my neck then fever. Hindi ako naconfine kasi evrytime I have symptoms nagpapacheck up ako. They gave me anti histamine and anti biotic then nagging okay na. on september2014 itching comes back and become worse. I started having wounds over my extremities(legs and arms). I see a derma and they gave me meds which are very effective but the meds were so expensive like im spending 4,000 pesos a week. I switch with other derma then lalo dumami then I decided to go back to my 1st derma. And on January 2015 continous ang treatment ko with the doctor. Take note na meron n akong body malaise starting sep2014 ON and Off FEVER and COUGH and on last week of January I had HERPES ZOSTER again and this time on the other side of my buttocks. During those time I am so depressed like im curse since SKIN ko tlaga ung natatarget and take note that makinis ako and seriously I look good, napagkakamalan p akong artista so syempre mataas ang confidence ko but after this sobrang bumaba ang confidence ko dahil sa SKIN condition ko. I took antiviral meds for the treatment and seriously the meds were very expensive halos 10,000 pesos nagastos ko for the treatment and take note since sept2014 wala akong work all of my expenses were coming from my parents at sobrang nakakahiya.
    Here we Go! Im a license nurse so I know everything about this pero denial talaga koand after nung 2nd herpes zoster I decided to have a test at MANILA SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINIC infront of SAN LAZARO in QUIRICADA ST. Sta. Cruz Manila. A friend with HIV advice me to have tested there .LIBRE dun.
    So on Feb 26, 2015, kasama ang lakas ng loob I went to the clinic to have tested and im REACTIVE or POSITIVE. I knew it from the Start pinatagal ko pa. here’s the detailed thind I did after knowing im reactive. First I texted my mom about me being positive and my dad advice immediately not to tell anybody about this and ask me to go home right away. Since nasa san lazaro na ko I had sputum test which is free. Then I went home. On the next day pumunta ko sa BIOCROSS lab infront of stardust pharmacy and had my labs there which cost 1,250pesos xray on other diagnostic clinic pero meron sa tapat ng soje reyes na 150 pesos lang but u have to wait. On Tuesday I had my cd4 test and went home.
    Thursday, I came to pick up the results of my sputum and cd4(2,000 pesos at san lazaro). Sputum and xray were okay, labs were okay but my CD4 is just 18, I was advice from manila social hygiene to have treatment right away at RITM since sa SAN LAZARO and PGH need ang confirmatory test. I can no longer wait for other days at bka mamatay agad ako. I went home, after lunch mom and dad drive me all the way to RITM. Take note im from the north. Arrive there at 3pm and the guy nurse on the lobby advise me to comeback tom. As early as 7am. So on Friday I had my consultation and started with the treatment by the next day which is sat. March 7,2015. Im on my 10th day of medication and no side effects except from itching which started last sept so I doubt na dahil sa meds un. They only gave me 14daymed supply and on Thursday babalik ako for a refill and will see a derma since meron dun and for sure they can treat me better knowing my condition. So for now ayan pa lang. im planning to have everything documented so that I know whats happening, sobrang haba ng story ko but I hope this helps to everyone na takot magpatest na MAGPATEST na. libre po ito.

    IF YOUR POSITIVE, WAG MATAKOT MAY GAMOT TAYO! Were not in the 80’s anymore. HIV is like diabetes and high blood walng cure pero we can manage. So habang maaga get tested to avoid the symptoms.

    • Glender says:

      Zach anung klaseng gamot tinatake mo? At ano mga side effects?

      • Zach says:

        hey.

        im on lamivudine,zidovudine and nevirapine.

        i got fever and pangangati on the 2nd week.

        kahapon galing ako RITM nevirapine is switch to efavirenz pero bukas ko p start inumin. excited ako sa side effects ung vivid dream(makatotohanang panaginip).

    • rjj says:

      Zach gaano kaaccurate yun resulta sa Manila Social Hygiene Clinic?

    • Row says:

      Hello zach. Kamusta ka naman ngayon? Nagrerespond ka na sa treatment mo right?
      Kamusta naman? Yung cd4 and viral load mo? Kung okay naman na yung cd4 and viral load mo. Ano naman po yung mga nararamdaman mo today?
      Nagwowork ka pa rin po ba?

  6. jestoni hernandez says:

    pano po pag may white spot??/
    sign n b yun ng aids

    • Zach says:

      i think you were referring to white spots on your tounge, it is called oral candidiasis. numero unang signs and symptoms yan. get tested. now na!

  7. worriedmom says:

    Hi! Worried din ako na positive ako sa HIV. Coz 14 plang ako nakikipagsex n ako at lahat yun unprotected sex. Now I am 24 I have 3months old baby girl nah 4 years n din kaming nagsasama ng daddy ng baby koh.. Nakakatakot at nakakaiyak dahil kung positive ako . ang mag ama KO ang apektado.. HND pa ako nkkapag pa HIV test.. Pero my parang plema un nakakabit sa lalamunan koh mdjo mtgal n toh months na.. Pero nun ginMot KO toh using kalamansi juice nawala naman… Pero bumalik ulit.. Nakaka takot LNG tlga dhil mdadamay ang baby KO..nga pla positive ako SA HEPA B . ahm at kbit papaano swete at makakapag travaho pa din all kbit mai HEPA b. Ako

    Isipin nyo nlng kung sakasakaling HIV+ ako.. At now HEPA b+ ako wow sinalo KO n at a lahat ng sakit..

    • Zach says:

      hey dear, wag ka na madami tanong. simple sagot ko jan.

      punta ka sa tapat ng san lazaro ung MANILA SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINIC in manila.

      libre ang test dun at my orientation. bring ur family. they will keep it confidential kung positive lahat ituturo nila.

      pamasahe lang need mo to get tested. GO they are open monday-friday 8am to 5pm

      pwede rin sa iba, search k n lng sa google

      • Zach says:

        hindi mawawala depression mo hanggat di mo nalalaman. please be strong and pray. advice ko, evrytime na napapaisip ka sa prob mo, PRAY. it helps.

  8. Glender says:

    Hello guys good day sa lahat, especially ke maam grace at sa mga nakapunta na sa thailand at marami ng kaalamn about sa hiv. Meron po akong naka do last december mga second week po yun and simula nun nagka rashes ako i think mga second week ng jan di na nawala hanggang ngayon kapg kinakamot ko namamantal na may mga bunlig butlig at minsan naman tumutubo na lang i had tested last feb 18 at non reactive naman siya pero ayun nga nakakaparanoud talaga gusto kong itry yung kit na andito natatakot ako na pati gf ko ngayon eh nahawa ko na kasi parehas kaming nagkasakit at parehas kaming ngkatonsilitis. Yung mga symptoms na mga nababasa ko sa net eh katulad ng rash flu, tonsilitia swollen glands. Bago ako magpa hiv screening nagpacheck up ako ok nmn cbc ko lahat pinalab ko na sa atay, std at urinalysis and wala. Pano ba magorder dito? Anyone there please can you help me thank you maam sir

  9. Zoe says:

    Yahoo!!! Ganyan nga kristoff! Don’t let the sickness bring you down!

    • allen says:

      i read most of comments and sobrang natulungan ako , nabawasan pagka paranoid ko kakaisip if im infected . tomorrow magpapa test ako with my mom atleast may support at kausap ako at para di mahiya .. i keep wishing na sana maganda maging result .. i need to make sure na safe ako before my bf visit here in Phil. .. been thinking about this since before end of feb. and til now march , 4x na ko nagka nose bleed , now i have rashes na ..

  10. Kristoff Chris says:

    tinawagan ako ng counselors from the website nung test kit which is hivtestkit.ph and they asked me san ko gusto mag pagamot if Thailand or pinas, I told them wala akong budget sa Thailand so they referred me to a doctor sa RITM. Pinuntahan nila ako actually today and sinamahan ako… all is well guys, devastated ako talaga but medyo na appreciate ko nag karoon ako ng mga kaibigan na tutulong sakin. Libre lang din pala ang gamut pag may philhealth ka wala naman akong babayaran even the lab tests.

    katulad nga ng sinabi nyo, mga 5-10 years daw may cure na so kapit lang!

  11. Zoe says:

    Uy biro yun ah,actually nag aalala ako sayo kristoff,andyan no.ko sa taas text mo ko pag kelangan mo ng kausap,kasi db wala naman tayong makausap usually bout this kind of problem,andito ako,do not hesitate.

    • Zach says:

      ZOE, Nagpatest ka naba? have tested asap you dont wanna mess with the symptoms.
      nakakapangit ang HIV. so better to have meds asap if positive.

  12. Zoe says:

    Wala na nag update baka nagpakamatay ka na kristoff ah!!!!!????

  13. Guy says:

    Kristoff wag sabi nga sa mga nabasa ko maintain m lang un medication at healthy diet and exercise mas mggng healthy kp sa mga negative persons tignan mo si magic jhonson 20yrs n siyang hiv gang ngyn healthy naman

  14. Zoe says:

    Kristoff if may funds ka gayahin mo sila ma’am grace sa thailand ka na din magpagamot,backread mo yung convo nila ni robin dun sila nagpapagamot

  15. Zoe says:

    Kristoff i can’t imagine how scared you are,ako din takot pero i haven’t been tested kasi natatakot ako sa result i don’t know din what to do if magpositive ako,be strong and always think na may gamot naman,not to cure but at least to maintain the quality of life,wag ka tatalon ng building malay mo 5yrs from now may madiscover na na cure!

  16. Zoe says:

    Sir negative nice talking to you,sa susunod po ulit,try to clear your mind sir baka lalo ka magkasakit dahil dyan,lowbat na ko kalma ka na wala ka na dapat pag alala

  17. Negative says:

    Mam grace nag pa test ako kanina RPR qualitative sipilis non reactive po sya. Ano pa ba need ko ipatest? Yung sa hiv need ko pa ba ulet mag paa re test? Wala ng ka sex since june. ILOVE YOU MAM GRACE. Happy birhtday

  18. Kristoff Chris says:

    ito po maam yung result dun sa kit from hivtestkit.ph :

  19. Kristoff Chris says:

    Miss grace help! I tested positive po sa kit na binili ko from http://www.hivtestkit.ph po… and my result sa test sa st lukes and medical city are also positive po…

    I don’t know what to do… gusto ko pong tumalon nalang sa MRT gumuho po talaga ang mundo ko… 2 days na po akong hindi pumapasok nakahiga nalang po ako sa kama at umiiyak ano po kaya ang dapat gawin..

  20. Zoe says:

    09166129269 hello sir guy yan po no. Ko i bought an extra sim,

  21. Negative says:

    Mam grace possible ba na pag bumili ako ng kit mag positive ako? Naka dalawang test na ako medical city and makati med. Wala na po akung contact mula june 2014. Need ba every year mag pa check up?

  22. Guy says:

    Maam zoe d din ntn masabi n napakadami sbi nga ni maam grace napakahirap makuha ang hiv unlike sa mga ibang std cge maam kayo po bahala if mag post po kayo number

  23. Zoe says:

    If you think about it napaka rami pa lang worried na baka infected noh,ibig sabihin madami na din talaga dito sa pinas ang may sakit ng hiv,hindi ko alam to before. Tsk tsk

  24. Zoe says:

    Sir guy willing ako to buy another sim may extra fone ako para yung may gusto ng makausap bout their worries,pwede nyo ko pagsabihan,i have a lot of free time coz i do not work.

  25. Zoe says:

    Over thinker po talaga ako even on normal things laging ahead ako mag isip and yun nga po pessimistic,super lala ng mga naiisp kong scenario kaya hindi ako nakakatulog,onga po need namen magpatest pero takot pa po ako siguro ipon pa ko ng konti pang lakas ng loob,natatakot po kasi ako maconfirm eh,sana mali ako pero if tama nga yung hinala ko hindi ko alam pano namen haharapin yung buhay na yun,ms.grace musta nman po ang buhay ng positive? Ok lang po ba parang parehas lang? May naglilitawan po ba sa katawan nyo na maaaring magka idea yung kaharap nyo na may sakit kayo? Yun kasi kinakatakot ko eh lalo na para sa anak ko. Salamat po ms.grace sa pg sagot sa mga questions namen napakalaking bagay po.

  26. Guy says:

    Noo sana nga may dummy number nln ahehehe

  27. Zoe says:

    Ipopost ko na ba no. Ko sir guy? Lol

    • grace koh says:

      Hi Ms.Zoe.. its best if you will be tested asap. symptoms of HIV is very non specific kahit ano pa pong sabihin nyong symptomas meron din yan sa ibang sakit and tama po kayo that HIV is transferred thru breastfeeding and not only that, may vertical transmission din tayo na dapat ay nagagamot if you are taking anti retrovirals. I do not want to talk about s/e of the medications bakit po natin pag uusapan hindi pa po kayo nag papa test napaka pessimistic po naman natin if we are going to discuss about that.

      I suggest getting tested on private testing clinic in medical city or st lukes …… I cant recommend the hiv test kit mentioned above since may baby na involved. kung kayo lang pwede sana test kit nalang.

    • grace koh says:

      take note na i am officially HIV positive when I was 25 years old but i was infected according to my doctors when I was 17 years old so I carried the disease without meds for like 8 years … naramdaman ko lang symptoms on the 5th year. May advance na gamot na po sa HIV like the one that im taking na once a day lang and you will live a normal life po… wala pong dapat mamatay sa HIV.

      • Zach says:

        Lets Do this Grace! i just found out that im hov positive last feb 26, 2015 and seriously i have nothing on mind but to help others have positive insight about this that theres nothing to worry, its manageable.

  28. piping dilat says:

    Hi maam grace san po ba pwede magpa hiv test ng free at ano po mga kailangan para mabigyan ka ng free hivtest. Thankyou

    • grace koh says:

      piping, i dont recommend “FREE” hiv test… they are usually DOH sponsored test and once you are positive, goodbye to your privacy. As I said before… 2 of my friends are also positive like me and both used this free testing, they are recorded sa DOH and every month, may social worker nag nag pupunta sa bahay nila to monitor if may naka sex sila unprotected for the past month. If you are ready and prepared for moments like this then go with free HIV testing.

  29. Guy says:

    Eh maam hirap kasi mag bigay ng mga nababasa ko sa net ahehehe baka may mag correct skn dito mapahiya ako eh mas ok sana if private pag usapan

  30. Zoe says:

    Pero di ba mapapadali yung buhay naten? Kasi later on pag lumala magkocause na ng kung anu anung sakit yung like tb or heart problem etc? Eh pano na lang yung baby ko edi hindi nya maaabot yung gusto nya at di magging normal ang buhay nya db nang dahil saken. Yun ang di ko matanggap eh na dahil sa kamalian ko pati bata madadamay.

  31. Guy says:

    Sabi nga noon nasa internet blog ata un mas pipiliin nln nila mag ka hiv kesa sa type 2 diabetes kc sa hiv 1 pill everyday ka lang and basta healthy diet and exercise ok n pag diabetes daw madami complication not sure if tama un nabasa ko

  32. Guy says:

    Naku maam meron nmn n po medication para sa hiv eh un nga lang d na gagaling isipin mo nln para kang nag ka diabetes or high blood n forever maintenance na

  33. Zoe says:

    Pakiramdam ko talaga positive ako,although pinaka symptom ko lang eh etong rashes ko basta skin problem ang meron ako,pero tingin ko tlga may hiv ako and di ko magawang magpatest natatakot ako maconfirm yung kinakatakutan ko,nasa simbahan ako ngayon pero parang nahihiya ako kay God humilinh kasi parang ang sama sama ko kaya ako nagkaron nito.at worst damay pa anak ko,nakakabaliw isipin mukhang di ko makakaya pag nagkataon,sana lumakas yung loob ko kasi sa ngayon super bigat ng nararamdaman ko parang gusto ko na lang magpakamatay eh,alam ko mali at parang tanga ako sa sinasabi ko pero totoo yun ang naiisip ko.

  34. Guy says:

    Maam zoe nag send ulit ako

  35. Zoe says:

    Sana sumagot si Ms.Grace parang marami kasi sya alam and experience eh

  36. Zoe says:

    Gawa ka na lang new madali lng nman eh

  37. Guy says:

    Maam un ata skn ang may problem ayaw mag send eh

  38. Zoe says:

    Ayaw ata ng yahoo na magusap tayo haha ikaw din wala ka daw account

  39. Zoe says:

    Sir nareceive mo?

  40. Zoe says:

    Nag email po ako

  41. Guy says:

    Nkasulat this user doesnt have yahoo account eto skn maam ronlabide@yc

  42. Zoe says:

    Nyee?? Sure ka? Bakit void eh naka online yung email na yun now

  43. Guy says:

    Maam d maka send void po un email niyo

  44. Zoe says:

    San sir? Wala naman po sa email ko

  45. Zoe says:

    Anu po kaya mga side effects ng gamot sa hiv? Meron ako bagong red spot na parang pimple sa chest ko 3 sila,prinick ko tapos yung isa may pus yung iba wala tapos hindi masakit or mahapdi,binuhusan ko pa alcohol walang sting,hay dito ako natatakot eh sa mga tumutubo sa body ko baka isang araw ano na lang makita ko pagkagising ko and this is just one of the things na nakakabaliw pag naiisp ko.

  46. Guy says:

    Maam nag send n po ako ng message

  47. Zoe says:

    Ok po sir guy! Ako magchechurch hihingi ng guidance and strength

  48. Guy says:

    Ok maam pm kita pauwi palang ako

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