Looking for STD testing in Hong Kong? Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are not something most people openly discuss or like to think about, but let’s talk about it! Because STD symptoms can go unnoticed, it is essential to get STD testing if you had unprotected sex and you think you may be at risk of having contracted an STD. Here is a complete guide to help you.
Common STDs in Hong Kong
According to the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, common local STDs include:
- Gonorrhea, non-gonococcal urethritis
- Non-specific genital infections
- Genital Herpes
As for HIV, surveillance data collected by the Hong Kong Government has shown an increase in the number of new HIV infections over the past 20 years. That being said, the prevalence of HIV infection remains low in Hong Kong. According to the latest surveillance data, 1.2 out of 1,000 people in Hong Kong have been diagnosed with HIV, as opposed to 3 out of 1,000 people in the US in 2014.
Free public-sector STD testing in Hong Kong at Social Hygiene Clinics
For free STD testing in Hong Kong, visit the Social Hygiene Clinics. It is free for eligible HKID-holders and you can generally walk in and get tested on the same day. Non-eligible people can still visit the clinics but will be charged HK$1,190 for each visit to the clinic. Some tests are included in this fee, but others require an extra fee. Please inquire at your clinic of choice for the specific costs.
The Social Hygiene clinics test for syphilis, gonorrhea, non-gonococcal urethritis, genital herpes, genital warts, pubic lice, chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS. These tests will be performed through blood tests, swabs, and visual examination. There are six Social Hygiene Clinics in Hong Kong:
STD testing in Hong Kong’s non-governmental clinics
Aside from the public Social Hygiene Clinics there are several non-governmental clinics that also offer STD testing in Hong Kong. However, for most of these clinics, you will need to cover the cost yourself, which can range from free AIDS/HIV test to comprehensive STD test packages costing HK$800. Below you can find a list of NGOs that test for STDs.
The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong, the Men’s and Women’s Health Services – Several locations. Men’s Health Services in Wan Chai, Ma Tau Chung, and Tsuen Wan. Women’s Health Services in Wan Chai, Ma Tau Chung, Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan, and Wong Tai Sin.
The FPAHK provides a hepatitis B assessment which is HKD1,700 (click here for a breakdown of the pricing), as well as comprehensive STD testing.
For a complete guide to the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong, read this.
The foundation provides free of charge HIV/AIDS testing and is very helpful and understanding about your situation. While testing they can include free of charge syphilis and hepatitis C testing, but these two tests are low sensitivity tests (sensitivity: 50-60%).
AIDS Concern offers free, anonymous, same-day testing for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
STD testing in Hong Kong’s private clinics
There are a couple of private clinics offering comprehensive packages for STD testing in Hong Kong, and their packages vary greatly in price. Your other options within the private sector are general practitioners and gynecologists. However, not all general practitioners and gynecologists offer on-site testing and they may refer you to a different (specialized) clinic. Below you can find a list of (specialized) clinics that specifically provide STD testing in Hong Kong.
Manning House, 38 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Tel.: 2889 6999
The HKEMC provides same-day STD testing, including AIDS/HIV (PEP), chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis B, syphilis, and HPV.
This clinic offers comprehensive STD testing packages. The basic package includes tests for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes simplex virus 2, and ureaplasma. If you need to see a doctor you will be charged a consultation fee.
STD testing in Hong Kong: results can take up to three weeks
When you receive your STD results will vary per test. To determine whether you have genital warts only takes a visual examination and generally, it can be confirmed on the day. However, some tests such as blood tests for HIV require some time for the lab to process your sample, which can take up to three weeks in the public Social Hygiene Clinics.
If you suspect you have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease, you should seek professional help immediately and get tested as soon as possible for treatment purposes.
Find more information on STDs in Hong Kong here.
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