Where to do Anonymous HIV Tests in Singapore

This is a three-part series to raise Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) awareness, prevention and encourage whoever at loss to seek help early. 

Background

On 18 July, the UNAIDS published a report to update on the status of the global fight against HIV. In the report, it highlights that new HIV infections are increasing in around 50 countries. Half of all new HIV infections are among key populations and their partners, who are still unable to get access to HIV medicine. AIDS-related deaths are not falling fast enough and there remains insufficient resources to support the UNAIDS ambition.
“We are sounding the alarm,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Entire regions are falling behind, the huge gains we made for children are not being sustained, women are still most affected, resources are still not matching political commitments and key populations continue to be ignored. All these elements are halting progress and urgently need to be addressed head-on.”

Upward HIV Trend in Singapore

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), there are 10 times more males than females who are reported to be tested HIV positive in the recent years. A cumulative total of 7,548 people were test positive since 1985.

NUMBER OF SINGAPORE RESIDENTS REPORTED WITH HIV /AIDS (1985 – 2016)

Anonymous HIV Test Clinics in Singapore

Anonymous HIV testing does not require you to provide any names, NRIC numbers or contact numbers. Instead, a number is usually assigned to the test which allows the person being tested to receive the test results. No personal particulars are recorded, even with positive results of the HIV tests.

You will be required to fill in an anonymous questionnaire so that you can inform more about yourself but all details will be kept strictly confidential.

S/N Name ​Address/ Opening hours
​1 ​Action For Aids
Anonymous Test Site
DSC Clinic

31 Kelantan Lane #01-16 S(200031)

Tues and Wed: 6.30pm to 8.15pm

Sat: 1.30pm to 3.15pm

PH and eve of PH: Closed

2 Dr Tan & Partners 11 Unity Street, , Robertson Walk,#02-07 S(237995)

Tel: 6238 7810

Mon to Fri: 8am to 9pm

Sat and Sun: 9am to 2pm

PH: Closed

3 Anteh Dispensary 368 Geylang Road S(389381)1 Lorong 22 Geylang, #01-02 Grandview Suites, S(398664)

Tel: 6744 1809

Mon to Fri: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 5pm. 7pm to 11pm

Sat: 9am to 12pm, 7pm to 11pm

Sun and PH: 7pm to 11pm

4 Doctor Jay Medical Centre 115 Killiney Road S(239553)

Tel: 6235 5196

Mon to Fri: 9.30am to 3.30pm, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Sat: 9.30am to 11.30am, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Sun: 6.30pm to 8.00pm

PH: Closed

5 Dr Soh Family Clinic Blk 966 Jurong West Street 93 #01-221 S(640966)

Tel: 6791 7735

Mon and Tue: 8.30am to 1pm, 2pm to 4.30pm, 7pm to 9pm

Wed and Fri: 8.30am to 1pm, 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Thurs: 8.30am to 1pm, 7pm-9pm

Sat: 11.30am to 1pm

Sun: 9am to 1pm

Sat and PH: Closed

6 M Lam Clinic 739 Geylang Road S(389649)

Tel: 6748 1949

Mon to Fri: 9am to 12.30pm, 2pm to 5.30pm

Sat: 9am to 12.30pm

Sun and PH: Closed

7 Doctors Clinic & Surgery 305 Woodlands St 31, #01-91, S(730305)

Tel: 6269 1017

Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 12pm, 2pm to 4.30pm, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Sat/Sun: 8.30am to 12pm

PH: Open on selected PH, 8:30am to 12pm

8 Tanjong Pagar Medical Clinic Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-06 S(082001)

Mon, Wed and Fri: 9am to 6pm

Tues and Thurs: 9am to 9pm

Sat and Sun: 9am to 2pm

PH: Closed

9 Kensington Family Clinic 14D Kensington Park Road, Serangoon Garden Estate, S(557265)

Tel: 6288 4882

Mon to Sun: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

PH: Open on selected PH, 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

10 Q&M Medical & Aesthetic Clinic (Tampines Central) Pte. Ltd. 10 Tampines Central 1, #04-18/19, Tampines One, S(529536)

Tel: 6781 3323

Mon to Fri: 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 9pm

Sat and Sun: 9am to 1pm

PH: Closed

 

Your personal particulars are not required when signing up for an anonymous HIV test. If you suspect you might be at risk of contracting HIV, do get tested for HIV. Educational information, counselling and advice on treatment are provided.

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Challenges in HIV Management

a) Overcoming Social Stigma

One of the reasons people do not get tested for HIV is the fear of stigma and discrimination. However, early detection and treatment ensure that the condition does not progress to AIDS. When left untreated, HIV progresses to AIDS and by that time, a person’s immune system is severely damaged. An AIDS patient is also more susceptible to opportunistic infections or opportunistic cancers.

Under treatment, many HIV patients can achieve an “undetectable” status after 6 months. When undetectable, there is zero risk of transmitting HIV to another and a patient’s health can be preserved.

b) Managing the Cost of Treatment

In an update by MOH on 4 Jun 2018, a HIV patient can use his or her own Medisave of up to S$550 per month to pay for outpatient anti-retroviral treatment. For patients aged 18 and below, their parents’ Medisave may be used. This includes drugs used for the treatment of opportunistic infections.

Some patients travel out of Singapore to seek treatment as the cost of medicine is lower. One of these destinations is Thailand. The Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic based in Central Bangkok is a clinic that screens and prescribes anti-retroviral medicine.

c) Preserving Anonymity

When a medicine is prescribed, it needs to be tagged to an individual. Hence, the lower cost and ability to preserve anonymity are two strong reasons why people go overseas to seek help.

The Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic has a mandate to keep costs low to make the anti-retroviral treatment accessible. However, it also means that they prescribe generics instead of original brands to keep costs low. A patient will also have to return every three months for refill prescription.

To save the hassle of travelling, medical providers such as Bangkok Hospital has enabled a longer prescription period of 6 months to reduce travels and hold an inventory of original anti-retroviral medicine brands to cater to those who prefer more convenience and better drug quality.

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