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What preparations are needed before the testing?
Just bring yourself to the clinic for testing. Blood extraction will be performed, but unlike the usual blood tests, fasting is not required.
How long does it take to get the results?
Once the blood sample has been extracted from you, it will take 2-3 hours before you can get your results. The counselor will call your attention once the results are available, and then the post-test counseling shall take place.
What are the symptoms of HIV infection?
HIV infection can be asymptomatic. This means that you may feel perfectly healthy even if you have already been infected. The only way to know with absolute assurance that you have contracted the virus is to undergo HIV testing.
Is the clinic closed on holidays?
Yes. The clinic is by default closed on regular holidays, unless otherwise announced. Please feel free to contact your guides for clinic schedule.
Is testing for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) free as well?
Only HIV testing, as well as Syphilis and Hepatitis B testing are free. Other tests for STIs may require a fee.
I just underwent complete blood count (CBC), blood chem and urinalysis tests. The results are all normal. Does it mean I’m HIV negative?
No. The HIV test involves a special procedure that is different from other blood tests.
I had myself tested for HIV and the result is non-reactive, but my last risky sexual encounter was just weeks ago. Does this mean I am not infected?
No, not necessarily. It takes from 3-6 months for HIV to get detected in the blood. What is recommended is that you undergo regular testing every 6 months. So as long as you are sexually active, come back 6 months after your last test to keep your health in check.
Can I just ask my counselor to text me the results of my HIV test?
No, pre-test and post-test counseling are required in HIV testing as per the Philippine law, specifically RA 8504 (Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998).
If I test positive, does that mean I will die?
Testing positive for HIV means that you now carry the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. It does not mean that you have AIDS, nor does it mean that you will die as a result of the infection. Although there is no cure for AIDS, many opportunistic infections that make people sick can be controlled, prevented or eliminated. This has substantially increased the longevity and quality of life for people living with HIV.
What happens if I turned reactive to HIV?
If ever the result of your HIV test is reactive, your result will be sent to SACCL (STD-AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory) in San Lazaro Hospital for confirmatory testing. Your counselor will orient you on the next steps and you will be referred to RITM-ARG in Alabang. But this does not usually happen on the same day as the testing, so there will be time for you to prepare.
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