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Monday, October 29, 2012

Kyoto HIV and STD Testing


Kyoto HIV and STD Testing, Japan
For residents of Kyoto, the city (and prefecture) provides free, confidential HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing.

At each of the city's ward offices, testing is available. Doctors take a blood sample, and test it for antibodies.

Appointments are not required but the blood testing only takes place once a week for two hours. At Ukyo Ward, in western Kyoto, you go to the second floor to the Hoken Center (Health Center). You ask to have the test. You will be given a number and told to wait.

Prior to the test, there will be a brief interview with a social worker. Then a medical professional will take blood, and for those who want to check for STDs a urine test is necessary.

The results are available two weeks later, on the same day and time as the tests are given.

You go to the same desk, present the slip of paper with the number you received two weeks earlier. Then you will meet a counselor who will go through each of the tests you requested and their results. If you test positive, the counselor will help arrange a doctor visit to get treatment and medicine.

The entire process is confidential and free. If you cannot speak Japanese, you will need to bring someone to interpret.

Below is a list of the city wards, and the days on which they offer the testing.

Kita Ward
Thursday, 9 - 10:30 am

Kamigyo Ward     
Tuesday, 2:30-4 pm

Sakyo Ward 
Friday, 9 - 10:30 am

Chukyo Ward
Friday 9 - 11 am

Higashiyama Ward
Monday, 9 - 10:30 am

Yamashina Ward
Friday, 9 - 10:30

Shimogyo Ward
Wednesday, 9 - 10:30

Minami Ward
Tuesday, 9 - 10:30

Ukyo Ward
Tuesday, 9 - 10:30

Nishikyo Ward
Tuesday, 9 - 10:30

Fushimi Ward
Friday, 9 - 10:30

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