Clinics Inside Manila Where You Can Get A Free HIV Consultation
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 29, 2019 4:55pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
According to a UNAIDS report, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in the Philippines grew twice as much in the past six years—from an estimated 4,300 in 2010 to 10,500 in 2016. These statistics made the Philippines one of the fastest growing HIV-stricken epidemics in the Asia Pacific Region. The numbers continue to increase because of unaware carriers of the virus—probably because there’s still a social stigma on HIV. People living with this kind of condition are often rejected, cut out of social activities and gatherings; this stigma even prevents them from accessing HIV treatment since they are ashamed of their condition.
If you are having doubts about your health, most especially if you’re sexually active, it’s time to consult an expert. Know that HIV is not just acquired through sexual intercourse—it can also be obtained through the sharing of needles for drug use, childbirth, breastfeeding, or blood transfusions. Most of the common symptoms show up late that’s why getting tested and knowing your status as early as possible can help you live a long and healthy life.
Don’t be afraid to get yourself tested! Responsible and safe sex is a priority and part of our healthcare. Here are some of the free clinics inside Manila you can turn to for HIV-related matters:
Love Yourself Clinics
See their list of branches online
Operating hours varies
Love Yourself has five clinics in Metro Manila where people can go for HIV testing. They boast of having staff who are “warm, friendly, and non-discriminatory” so you won’t have to be uncomfortable during your consultation. Love Yourself also does HIV treatment, counseling, life coaching, and even HIV/AIDS seminars and campaigns.
Pinoy Plus Advocacy Pilipinas
1965-B JRB Building, Anacleto Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Apart from providing free HIV consultation, Pinoy Plus Advocacy Pilipinas also holds programs and services like theater plays and group sessions to educate HIV and AIDS awareness. They further aim to enhance the well-being of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families.
For more information, visit Pinoy Plus Advocacy Pilipinas on Facebook or contact them at (02) 743 7293.
Pasig City Treatment Hub (PATH)
CHAMP Bldg, Caruncho Ave, Pasig City
Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm
Pasig City residents are not the only ones welcome at the Pasig City Treatment Hub—it’s open for everyone. It offers its services like HIV testing, counseling and treatment; gonorrhea and syphilis testing, and free Hepatitis B vaccines to those who are in need.
For more information, visit PATH on Facebook or contact them at 0916 551 9820.
Ermin Garcia St., Brgy. Pinagkaisahan, Quezon City
Monday to Friday, from 3 pm to 9 pm
Klinika Bernardo claims to be the first social hygiene clinic responsible for the management, prevention, and control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which caters mostly to the male population. This clinic also uses the power of social media to educate on HIV and AIDS awareness through sharing information and articles about the virus and disease.
For more information, visit Klinika Bernardo on Facebook or contact them at 0956 074 1884.
Caloocan Social Hygiene Clinic
Mabini Poblacion St. Caloocan City
Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm
If you’re living up North, Caloocan Social Hygiene Clinic will cater to your HIV consultation needs. It offers not only free HIV testing—but the clinic also provides free counseling, health education, and immunization of PLHIV.The clinic extends its services with Syphilis and Hepatitis B screening and STI consultation and medication.
For more information, visit Caloocan Social Hygiene Clinic on Facebook contact them at 0956 074 1884.
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
With its mission of protecting Filipinos from infectious diseases like HIV and AIDS, The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) continuously provides their clinical and diagnostic services to the public. Not only do they provide free HIV testing, but they also conduct biomedical research on AIDS and the standard of care for Filipinos with HIV.
San Lazaro Hospital
Quiricada St, Santa Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
San Lazaro Hospital is the National Reference Laboratory for Tests on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and STIs. Since 1986, people who have HIV come to the hospital for tests and treatment. You can assure your results are accurate and be provided with the best care.
For more information, contact them at (02) 732 3776.
Your health should be your priority. People who continue to live in fear of tests and screenings deprive themselves of opportunity to live a long and normal life. It is better to know your status now before it’s too late. These clinics are stretching out their hands to help but they need you to take the first step.
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