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BECAUSE WE KNOW YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE

WHEN SHOULD I GET TESTED FOR 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 to immediately discuss if you need PEP.

     If your exposure was 7-10 days ago, you should do the HIV RNA PCR. Results normally take 7 working days. The lab can expedite the results within one week 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 15 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.

     If you took PEP before it is recommended that you consider taking PrEP after that for prevention.

Rapid HIV test at PULSE clinic

 

FAST !  - Results in 20 minutes

ACCURATE ! - Conclusive at 28 days post exposure

CHEAP ! - Only 500THB per test.

SECRET ! - You don't need to provide your name.

WALK IN ! - No appointment required.

WEEKENDS ! - We open on everyday plus weekends.

 

If you have had a high risk exposure to HIV within the past 72 hours, you can take medications to reduce risk of actually contracting HIV. Find out more here

HIV test, FAST AND ACCURATE at PULSE CLINIC
HIV test, FAST AND ACCURATE at PULSE CLINIC


Estimated HIV transmission risk per exposure for specific activities and events

Activity Risk-per-exposure
Vaginal sex, female-to-male, studies in high-income countries 0.04% (1:2380)
Vaginal sex, male-to-female, studies in high-income countries 0.08% (1:1234)
Vaginal sex, female-to-male, studies in low-income countries 0.38% (1:263)
Vaginal sex, male-to-female, studies in low-income countries 0.30% (1:333)
Vaginal sex, source partner is asymptomatic 0.07% (1:1428)
Vaginal sex, source partner has late-stage disease 0.55% (1:180)
Receptive anal sex amongst gay men, partner unknown status 0.27% (1:370)
Receptive anal sex amongst gay men, partner HIV positive 0.82% (1:123)
Receptive anal sex with condom, gay men, partner unknown status 0.18% (1:555)
Insertive anal sex, gay men, partner unknown status 0.06% (1:1666)
Insertive anal sex with condom, gay men, partner unknown status 0.04% (1:2500)
Receptive fellatio Estimates range from 0.00% to 0.04% (1:2500)
Mother-to-child, mother takes at least two weeks antiretroviral therapy 0.8% (1:125)
Mother-to-child, mother takes combination therapy, viral load below 50 0.1% (1:1000)
Injecting drug use Estimates range from 0.63% (1:158) to 2.4% (1:41)
Needlestick injury, no other risk factors 0.13% (1:769)
Blood transfusion with contaminated blood 92.5% (9:10)

Sources: vaginal sex;1 anal sex;2 fellatio;3 2 mother-to-child;4 other activities.5

References

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

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