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What You Need To Know About Getting Tested For HIV

There are medical facilities you can go to for confidential testing and counseling.
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The number of cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV in the Philippines is growing even if it has decreased worldwide. There is a "concentrated epidemic" in six Philippine cities: Quezon City, Manila, Caloocan, Cebu, Davao, and Cagayan de Oromeaning the HIV infection rates in those cities are higher than 5 percent of a population engaging in high risk behaviors like injecting drugs, people who have unsafe sex, and sex workers. And infection rates greater than 5 percent mean that the epidemic will rapidly spread.

According to this report of the Department of Health (DOH), there were 29,079 HIV infections in the country from January 1984 to October 2015. But more than 24,000 of those cases were just seen in the last five yearsa speedy rate that made the DOH predict that the number of HIV infections in the country could jump to 133,000 by 2022. 

Take note that 29,079 are reported cases. Here in the Philippines, most of the HIV cases aren't reported because of people's fear of stigma and gossip, of possibly losing their partner, of possibly losing their life to HIV, or because they don't even know that they have contacted the sexually transmitted infection.

According to McCann HealthCare, AIDS Society of the Philippines, and the DOH, people who are HIV positive look as healthy as everyone else. They don't show the usual symptoms like fever, rashes, or sores in the mouth. It's possible that they don't even know they are HIV positive because the symptoms don't show on them. (It would take years before the symptoms of AIDS show up.) That makes them and their partners think they can engage in unsafe sex, share needles, or undergo blood tranfusions, which put the partners at risk.


To know how your sexual health is, take an HIV antibody test. Here's a list of private healthcare facilities that offer HIV counseling and testing:

  • St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City (Landline: 723-0101)
  • St. Luke's Medical Center, Bonifacio Global City (Landline: 789-7700)
  • Medical City I-REACT Clinic (Landline: 988-1000 or 988-7000 local 6765 and 6323)
  • Love Yourself Anglo, Mandaluyong City (Mobile: 0915-366-LOVE /0915-366-5683)
  • Love Yourself Uni, Pasay City (Landline: [02] 256-3472)

Here's a list of public healthcare facilities that offer HIV counseling and testing. This list was last updated in February 12, 2016 and validated by the DOH.

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

Social Hygiene Clinic

  • Caloocan City (Landline: 288-8811 local 2281 / Mobile: 0917-601-8331)
  • Mandaluyong City (Landline: 546-7799, 211-5336 / Mobile: 0917-842-4298)
  • Manila City (Landline: 711-6942 / Mobile: 0920-577-9074)
  • Marikina City (Mobile: 0917-829-8862)
  • Pasay City (Landline: 551-4180 / Mobile: 0905-259-9229)
  • Pasig City (Landline: 640-0111)
  • Quezon City, Batasan (Mobile: 0905-357-6353, 0905-259-9245)
  • Quezon City, Bernardo (Mobile: 0905-259-9211, 0916-478-1607, 0905-259-9245)
  • Quezon City, Project 7 (Mobile: 0918-618-4133, 0905-259-9239)
  • Taguig City, (Mobile: 0926-754-2917)
  • Parañaque City (Mobile: 0917-398-1384)

Other clinics

  • St. Camillus Medical Center, Pasig City (Landline:  645-3741 / Mobile: 0905-259-9199)
  • Woodwater Center for Healing, Quezon City (Landline: 926-3147 local 17 / Mobile: 0915-960-1717
  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Sta. Cruz Manila (Landline: 743-8301 local 1702)
  • AIDS Society of the Philippines, Quezon City (Landline: [02] 376-2546, 376-2541, 410-0204)
  • SHC Drop-in Center, Taguig City (Mobile: 0975-265-7466)
  • Reproductive Health and Wellness Center, Las Piñas City (Landline: 800-6406)
  • Reproductive Health and Wellness Cente, Muntinlupa City (Landline: 862-3965)

CENTRAL LUZON

Olongapo City

  • James Gordon Memorial Hospital (Landline: [047] 222-4120)
  • Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [047] 252-4169/4502/4106)
  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [047] 611-4814)

Angeles City, Pampanga

  • Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (Landline: [045] 322-2979)

Mabalacat City, Pampanga

  • Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (Mobile: 0932-610-7088, 0915-220-1288)

San Fernando City, Pampanga

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [045] 435-0683)

Porac, Pampanga

  • Porac RHU I Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [045] 329-2512)

Aurora Province

  • Maria Aurora Community Hospital-Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (No number)

Mariveles, Bataan

  • Mariveles RHU I Integrated (Landline: [047] 935-5696)
  • Mariveles RHU II Integrated (Landline: [047] 633-0519)
  • Mariveles RHU III Integrated (Landline: [047] 935-6343)

Guiguinto, Bulacan

  • Guiguinto RHU II Integrated (Mobile: 0925-802-0960, 0925-467-4524)

Pulilan, Bulacan

  • Pulilan RHU I Integrated (Mobile: 0942-274-6195)

City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan

  • RHU Integrated (No number)

Meycauayan, Bulacan

  • Meycauayan City Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (Mobile: 0923-298-2649, 0927-232-4119)

San Jose City, Nueva Ecija

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [044] 14219)

Muñoz City, Nueva Ecija

  • City Health Office (Landline: [044] 486-0513)

Gapan City, Nueva Ecija

  • City Health Office (Landline [044] 463-5900)

Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija

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  • City Health Office (Landline: [044] 940-2212)

San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija

  • San Leonardo Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Bongabon

  • Bongabon Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0908-178-0984)

Tarlac City

  • Tarlac City Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Subic, Zambales

  • Subic Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [046] 232-1325, [047] 271-3078)
  • Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: (047) 252-4169/4502/4106)

Sta. Cruz, Zambales

  • Sta. Cruz RHU I Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Castillejos, Zambales

  • Castillejos RHU (Landline: [047] 602-1035)

Iba, Zambales

  • Iba RHU (Mobile: 0949-166-6856, 0918-939-8604)

Masinloc, Zambales

  • Masinloc RHU (Mobile: 0999-992-0145)

Baler, Aurora

  • Baler Social Hygiene Clinic Integrated (Mobile: 0998-579-6578)

Abucay, Bataan

  • Abucay RHU (Landline: [047] 237-1277)

Orion, Bataan

  • Orion RHU (Landline: [047] 244-4248)

Limay, Bataan

  • Limay RHU (Landline: [047] 237-4040)

REGION I (ILOCOS)

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: (077) 772-0289 / Mobile: 0918-979-7491)
  • Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital (No number)

Ilocos Sur

  • Gabriela Silang Provincial Hospital (No number)

Candon City

  • Candon Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

San Fernando City, La Union

  • Illocos Training and Regional Medical Center (Landline: [072] 607-6413)
  • La Union Medical Center (No number)
  • San Fernando City SHC (Landline: [072] 888-6916, [072] 888-6901)
  • RI Medical Center (No number)
  • Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (No number)

Dagupan City, Pangasinan

  • Dagupan City SHC (No number)

REGION II (CAGAYAN VALLEY)

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [078] 846-2197 / Mobile: 0917-574-5050)
  • Cagayan Valley Medical Center (Landline: [078] 304-3789)

Santiago City, Isabel

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [078] 682-7687, [078] 305-2775 / Mobile: 0919-462-6389)

REGION IV-A (CALABARZON)

Dasmariñas

  • Dasmariñas Social Hygiene Clinic, City Health Office I (Mobile: 0922-884-2553)

Bacoor

  • Panapaan Health Center (Mobile: 0908-614-4183)

Antipolo

  • Antipolo Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [02] 696-2607)

Imus

  • Imus Reproductive and Wellness Clinic (Landline: [046] 434-4057 / Mobile: 0926-701-3539, 0925-878-7158)

Cainta

  • Reproductive and Wellness Clinic (Landline: [02] 696-2607)

Sta. Rosa

  • City Health Office I (Landline: [049] 530-0015 local 5313)

Taytay, Rizal

  • Taytay Doctors Multispecialty Hospital (No number)

REGION IV-B (MIMAROPA)

Puerto Galera

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [043] 442-0182 / Mobile: 0917-825-2929)

Puerto Princesa

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [048] 434-6581 / Mobile: 0918-946-6686)
  • Puerto Princesa Provincial Health Office (Landline: [048] 434-9996)
  • Ospital ng Palawan (Mobile: 0920-440-8720)
  • Agape Rural Program, Inc. (Mobile: 0917-543-2150)
  • MMH Coop Hospital (Mobile: 0917-928-5379)

Lucena City

  • Lucena City Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [042] 797-2187)

Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0908-529-9183)

Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0932-877-7011)

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0920-931-9336)

Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0917-552-4912)

Boac, Marinduque

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0998-196-2489)

Odiongan, Romblon

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0918-959-1565)

Coron, Palawan

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0908-893-7202)

El Nido, Palawan

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0917-801-1925)

Narra, Palawan

  • Narra Social Hygiene Clinic (Mobile: 0920-414-8050)

REGION V (BICOL)

Matnog

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)
  • Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (Landline: [052] 483-0014/ [052] 483-0636

REGION VI (WESTERN VISAYAS)

Iloilo City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [033] 320-8151 Mobile: 0921-569-4450)

Bacolod City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [034] 434-8584)

Roxas City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Kalibo, Aklan

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)
  • Boracay Health Clinic (No number)

Region VII (Central Visayas)

Cebu City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [6332] 232-6863, [6332] 232-6848)
  • Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (Landline: [032] 253-9891 – 96 local 102)

Lapu Lapu City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [6332] 340-2584, [6332] 340-5339)

Mandaue City

  • Mandaue City Health Office (Landline: [6332] 268-2489)

Danao City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

REGION VIII (EASTERN VISAYAS)

Calbayog City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [055] 209-1267)

Ormoc City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [053] 255-2225)

Tacloban City

  • Eastern Visayas Regional and Medical Center (Landline: [053] 321-3121, [053] 321-3363)

REGION IX (ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA)

Zamboanga City

  • Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (Mobile: 0917-483-6672)

Panadian City

  • City Health Office (Mobile: 0922-812-7405)

Dipolog City

  • City Health Office (Mobile: 0920-891-6531, 0922-856-5947)
  • Agape Health Clinic (Mobile: 0917-838-6893)
  • Integrated Provincial Health Office (Mobile: 0922-804-0560)

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

  • Rural Health Unit (Mobile: 0917-322-8386)

REGION X (NORTHERN MINDANAO)

Cagayan de Oro

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [8822] 721-189)

Ozamis City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [088] 521-4592)

Iligan City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [063] 221-6174)

Valencia City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [088] 222-2489)

REGION XI (DAVAO)

Island Garden City of Samal, Davao Del Norte

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)
  • City Health Office (No number)

Davao City

  • Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (Landline: [082] 222-4187 / Mobile: 0920-910-2718)
  • Davao Regional Hospital (Landline: [082] 221-8593, 227-9536, 400-3653)

Davao Del Sur

  • City Health Office (No number)

Davao Oriental

  • Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center (No number)

Compostela Valley

  • Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital (No number)

REGION XII (SOCCSKSARGEN)

Cotabato City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Tacurong

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

General Santos City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Kidapawan City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (No number)

Koronadal City

  • City Health Office (No number)

South Cotabato

  • South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (No number)
  • Cotabato Regional Medical Center (No number)
  • Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital (No number)

REGION XIII (CARAGA)

Butuan City

  • City Health Office (Landline: [085] 3423432, 815111, local 1039)
  • Butuan Medical Center (No number)

Surigao City

  • City Health Office (No number)
  • CARAGA Regional Hospital (Landline: [086] 826-0568)

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR)

Baguio City

  • Social Hygiene Clinic (Landline: [074] 442-9800)

Confidential HIV testing and counseling are available and free in all Social Hygiene Clinics. For confidential inquiries and referrals, call the 24/7 hotline at:

(02) 256-3472
(0915) 198-6978
(0922) 635-0270
(0936) 183-8963
(0919) 638-5401

These hotlines are manned by trained volunteers of Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

All medical centers are required to provide counseling before they make you take the test, which would let you know what the test is for, why it's important, what the procedure is, what the results would mean and how to deal with them (HIV can be treated!). Plus, they guarantee confidentiality.

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