Your Guide to STD Testing in Hong Kong

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:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea, non-gonococcal urethritis
  • Non-specific genital infections
  • Genital Herpes
  • Chlamydia

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.

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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 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:

Chai Wan Social Hygiene Clinic – West Wing LG5, Specialist Out-patient Block, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong. Tel.: 2595 7500.

Wan Chai Social Hygiene Clinic – 6/F (♂) or 7/F (♀), Tang Chi Ngong Specialist Clinic, 284 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tel.: 3103 2400.

Yau Ma Tei Social Hygiene Clinic – 3/F (♀) or 4/F (♂), Yau Ma tei Jockey Club Polyclinic, 145 Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. Tel.: 2359 4377.

Yung Fung Shee Social Hygiene Clinic – 4/F, Yung Fung Shee Memorial Centre, 79 Cha Kwo Ling Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. Tel.: 2727 8315.

Tuen Mun Social Hygiene Clinic – 5/F, Tuen Mun Eye Centre, 4 Tuen Lee Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories. Tel.: 2459 2958.

Fanling Integrated Treatment Centre (Social Hygiene Service) – 6/F, Fanling Health Centre, 2 Pik Fung Road, Fanling, New Territories. Tel.: 2639 1437.

Find more information on the service hours for men and women by clicking on the respective links. 

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 ChaiMa Tau Chung and Tsuen Wan. Women’s Health Services in Wan ChaiMa Tau ChungYuen LongTsuen Wan and Wong Tai Sin.

The FPAHK provides a hepatitis B assessment, as well as comprehensive STD testing.

For a complete guide to the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong, read this.

Hong Kong AIDS Foundation – Clinic at 8 Chai Wan Rd, 5/F Shau Kei Wan Jockey Club Clinic, Shau Kei Wan, Tel.: 2560 8528.

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 – Health Service Centre, Flat B, 3/F, Fu Lee Commercial Building, 14-20 Pilkem Street, Jordan, Kowloon. Tel.: 2394 6677. Booking required.

AIDS Concern offers free, anonymous, same-day testing for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis C, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

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Private sector STD testing in Hong Kong

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.

Hong Kong Emergency Medicine Centre (TST) – 8/F, Yue Hwa International Building, Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Tel.: 2889 6900.

The HKEMC provides same-day STD testing, including AIDS/HIV (PEP), chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis B, syphilis and HPV.

Sexual Health Specialists – Neo-Health Medical Centre, 29/F Li dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong. Tel.: 3162 0001.

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.

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STD testing in Hong Kong: results can take up to three weeks

When you receive your STD results will varies 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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This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.