Rapid HIV test at PULSE clinic
FAST ! - Results in 20 minutes
CHEAP ! - Only 500THB per test.
ACCURATE ! - Conclusive at 28 days post exposure.
DISCREET ! - You don't need to provide your name.
WALK IN ! - No appointment required, just walk in.
WEEKENDS ! - We open on everyday plus weekends.
WHEN SHOULD I GET TESTED FOR HIV?
1. I HAVE LOW RISK : Get tested once a year
2. I HAVE HIGH RISK : Get tested every 3 months, and consider taking PrEP.
3. I MIGHT BE EXPOSED TO HIV : HIV screening is all about timing. The right test at the right time means accuracy.
- If your exposure was less than 3 days ago, see our doctor at the clinic ASAP to immediately discuss if you need emergency pill or PEP.
- If your exposure was 7-10 days ago, you should do the HIV RNA PCR. Results normally take 7 working days (for a surcharge of 3500THB).
- If your exposure was 22-28 days ago, you should do the HIV Antibody test. This test can be easily done at the clinic, it takes 20 minutes and cost 500THB.
Also test for HIV if you develope symptoms of FEVER, MUSCLE ACHES, RASHES, SORE THROAT and ENLARGED LYMPH NODES. Note that these symptoms are not present in everyone with HIV so get tested if you think you are at risk.
SHOULD I ALSO TEST FOR OTHER STDs?
If you have been at risk of HIV exposure then it is very likely that you have been exposed to other STDs. Because of this, we highly recommend that you also screen for other STDs such as Syphilis, Gonorhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis, Herpes and Warts.
TOO WORRIED TO WAIT?
The fastest way to find out if you have been infected with HIV or not is to do the HIV PCR TEST 7-10 days after the potential exposure.
The next earliest accurate test is the HIV Ag/Ab Combo test at 15-17 days post exposure.
All other HIV tests are subject to a 3 months window period. In other words, you have to wait for 3 months before knowing for sure if you have been infected with HIV or not. In this time, you can potentially spread it to your sexual partners without even realizing it.
Estimated HIV transmission risk per exposure for specific activities and events
1. Boily MC et al. Heterosexual risk of HIV-1 infection per sexual act: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Lancet Infect Dis 9(2): 118-129, 2009
2. Vittinghoff E et al. Per-contact risk of human immunodeficiency virus transmission between male sexual partners. American Journal of Epidemiology 150: 306-311, 1999
3. Del Romero J et al. Evaluating the risk of HIV transmission through unprotected orogenital sex. AIDS 16(9): 1296-1297, 2002
4. Townsend C et al. Low rates of mother-to-child transmission of HIV following effective pregnancy interventions in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 2000-2006. AIDS 22: 973-981, 2008
5. Baggaley RF et al. Risk of HIV-1 transmission for parenteral exposure and blood transfusion. AIDS 20: 805-812, 2006