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Welcome to TestBKK

Whether you’re single, in a new relationship, part of a couple or enjoying the company of many, whether you like to suck or prefer to fuck, we all need to take care of our sexual health and wellbeing.

Apart from using condoms and water-based lubricant, getting tested regularly for HIV is an important part of life.

Early diagnosis of a HIV infection increases the likelihood of keeping your body's immune system strong.

With modern treatment options, antiretroviral medications (medication for HIV), you can stay healthy by keeping the virus in check.

At TestBKK, we’re here to tell you more about the process of getting tested, ensuring you have the information you need to make the choices that are right for you and the people you play with.

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Where to Get Tested

These days, getting tested is relatively quick and easy. By choosing one of the clinics below, your test is totally confidential and, in most cases, free-of-charge.

Rainbow Sky Bangkok (RSAT)

1 and 2 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 97/2 Ramkhamhaeng Road
Huamark Bangkapi 10240

Phone
+662 731 6217, +668 7932 3038
Hours
  • Sat-Sun 1pm - 5pm
  • Fri 4pm - 8pm
Notes

Free HIV tests

Silom Community Clinic @TropMed

12th floor, Hospital for Tropical Diseases Ratchathewi Rd.,
Ratchawithi,
Bangkok 10400.

Phone
0851238738
Hours
  • Tue – Saturday 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Notes

Free HIV tests

Swing Clinic
* This clinic is for entertainment (service) workers only
5th Floor, Building No.3 Soi 
Patpong 1, Surawong Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Phone
+662 632 9501 - 2
Hours

Wed and Fri 4pm – 6:30pm

Notes
Free HIV tests

Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre

104 Ratchadamri Road,
Pathumwan,
Bangkok 1033

Phone
+662 256 4107-9
Hours
  • Mon – Fri 7:30am – 6pm
  • Sat 7:30am – 3pm
Notes

Free HIV tests

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What to expect

When You Get Tested

Getting tested is a confidential and hassle-free process if you follow the steps below.

For Thais

  1. Register and Receive Pre-test Counseling

    • Receive a queue card from the receptionist
    • Fill out the basic information requested
    • Wait until the nurse calls you by queue number and takes you to a private counseling room
    • Talk with the nurse who explains what is about to happen including any concerns/worries you have, how your blood is tested, and the meaning of the test results

    Depending on the testing clinic you visit, there are four ways to cover the cost of your HIV test:

    1. You can get free HIV tests at some community clinics WITHOUT showing your Thai National Identification Card
    2. You can get free HIV tests twice a year by showing your National Identification Card at clinics/hospitals that participate in the National Health Security Office or Social Security Scheme
    3. You can pay small fee of 20-200THB at local government clinics
    4. You can pay fee of 500-1000THB at private hospitals/clinics
  2. Drawing and Testing Blood
    The nurse draws a small amount of blood from your inner forearm into a vial. It is labeled with a unique number, not your name. This all takes less than three minutes. Then the nurse sends the blood to the laboratory for testing. The result is available in 30-45 minutes.

  3. Post-test Counseling and Receiving the Results
    When the test result is available, the nurse calls you back into the private counseling room and gives you another counseling session to ensure that you understand what will happen to you next. We call this “post-test counseling”. When you are ready, the nurse shares your results.

    There are three possible answers to your blood test:

    Depending on the result, the nurse explains the right next steps for you. Either way, you receive risk reduction counseling: how to have safe sex and enjoy a healthy sex life.

    1. Negative (Non-reactive)
    2. Inconclusive
    3. Positive (Reactive)

    For Non-Thais

    1. Register and Receive Pre-Test Counseling

      • Receive a queue card from the receptionist
      • Fill out the basic information requested
      • Wait until the nurse calls you by queue number and takes you to a private counseling room
      • Talk with the nurse who explains what is about to happen including any concerns/worries you have, how your blood is tested, and the meaning of the test results

      **The registration fee is 200 THB

    2. Sampling Blood
      The nurse draws a small amount of blood from your inner forearm into a vial. It is labeled with a unique number, not your name. This all takes less than three minutes. Then the nurse sends the blood to the laboratory for testing. The result is available in 30-45 minutes.

    3. Post-test Counseling and Receiving the Results
      When the test result is available, the nurse calls you back into the private counseling room and gives you another counseling session to ensure that you understand what will happen to you next. We call this “post-test counseling”. When you are ready, the nurse shares your results.

      There are three possible answers to your blood test:

      1. Negative (Non-reactive)
      2. Inconclusive
      3. Positive (Reactive)

      Depending on the result, the nurse explains the right next steps for you. Either way, you receive risk reduction counseling: how to have safe sex and enjoy a healthy sex life.

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The results

Helpful, clear information.

Positive (Reactive):

If you test 'POSITIVE', you need not panic or despair. There are many people who test positive who live happy, long and healthy lives by adhering to anti-retroviral treatment and safe sex. As well, there are a variety of resources available to you.

The standard HIV testing procedure requires using 2-3 test kits with different methods to test the same blood. According to protocol, if the first test delivers a reactive result, the same blood is tested again a second and third time. The 'POSITIVE' status can only be declared when all three tests are reactive.

You will receive counseling on how to take special care of yourself and your loved ones. Remember, HIV is NOT as easily transmitted as many other viruses. It CANNOT be transmitted via food, drink, saliva, mosquito, kiss, hug, or touch. But you MUST abstain from unprotected sex. This will help you protect yourself from getting other sexually transmitted diseases and prevent the spreading of HIV to your sex partners. You still can have sex but it has to be safe.

The nurse will likely request that you contact everybody you have had sex with in the past six months. You may have unknowingly passed the virus on to them. You should ask them to check their HIV status so that they can take appropriate action to prevent further HIV infections.

Many people who have HIV continue to have a happy and healthy sex life. This can be the same for you. By using condoms and water-based lubricant you can protect yourself from other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as protect your partner(s) from HIV.

Remember!
You do not need to go through this alone. You may decide to tell one or some of your close friends before you tell your family. That is your choice. However, you should talk to someone about it. Ignoring your HIV-positive status will not make it go away.

If you feel like you cannot or do not want to tell your family or friends, the nurse can share information with you about some of the services in Bangkok available to support you.

We recommend the following organisations:

To learn more about what happens next, view this PDF

Negative (Non-reactive):

The standard HIV testing procedure requires using 2-3 test kits with different methods to test the same blood. However, if the first test kit, usually the most sensitive, provides a non-reactive result, you receive a 'NEGATIVE' result.

If your result comes back 'NEGATIVE', you receive counseling on practices that will help you stay negative and live a healthy sex life. This includes a regular HIV test at least every three months.

It is important to remember that condoms and water-based lubricant are one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against HIV.

4

Stay safe

What you need to know.

Staying Safe

It doesn't matter if you're top, bottom or both. Staying safe by using condoms and water-based lubricant when used correctly remains the most effective way to protect yourself against HIV as they will stop HIV-infected body fluids (cum or anal mucus of an HIV-positive man) from coming into contact with the mucous membranes (in the arse, the foreskin, urethra and head of the penis) of your partner(s).

How do I put on a condom correctly?

Step 1: When your cock is hard, take the condom out of the wrapper carefully using your fingers. Using your teeth to tear the packet could damage the condom. Squeeze the air out of the teat on the tip of the condom (if there is one) and put it over the end of your dick. Don't stretch it and then pull it over your dick as this will make it more likely to break.

Step 2: Roll it down the length of your cock – the further down it goes the less likely it is to slip off. Put some water-based lubricant over your condom-covered dick. Put plenty of lube around his arse too. Don't put any lube on your cock before you put the condom on, as this can make it slip off.

Step 3: Check the condom occasionally while fucking to ensure it hasn't come off or split. If you fuck for a long time you will need to keep applying more lube. When you pull out, hold on to the condom and your dick at the base, so that you don't leave it behind. Pull out before your dick goes soft.

When do condoms fail?

Reasons why condoms may fail include:

  • Not knowing how to put on a condom
  • Unrolling the condom before putting it on your dick
  • Using oil-based lube including some creams, body lotions or shampoo
  • Not using enough lube
  • Using lube in the wrong places i.e. on your cock before putting on the condom or not putting lube up and around his arse
  • Having a long session using the same condom
  • Using an expired condom (always check the expiry date on the package)
  • Using the wrong size of condoms

Where can I get condoms?

Most testing clinics will provide condoms when you go for a HIV test. You can also purchase condoms at any supermarket (Big C or Tops), chemist as well as all 7/11 convenience stores.

Make sure you visit a TestBKK supported clinic as a guarantee to receive your free condoms!