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Hiv Testing and Treatment In Los - Doctors, Meds, Costs

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A member reports the following experience at the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic, getting meds filled based on prescription from private doctor:

"Viread 300mg 90 tablets

Lamivudine 150mg 180 tablets

Nevirapine 200mg 180 tablets

Total cost 6660 baht.

The reception staff and other personnel were so pleasant, friendly ansd efficient that I dashed out and returned with a box of chocolates for them. The experience uplifted me for the rest of the day. "

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Have received additional positive feedback on Dr. Soeur in Pattaya to the effect that he is extremely thorough and also quite affordable, with medication charges only “ a little more than those of the Thai Red Cross” and very modest consultation fees, making this probably the most affordable quality option for people living in or near Pattaya.

His hours are 1400 to 1600 and 1800 to 2000 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Update of location/phone of Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic:

Thai Red Cross · Anonymous Clinic

104 Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330.

Tel. 02 256 4107-8 x 208-9. No appointment required.

It is located on Rajadamri and is not part of the Chulalongkorn hospital complex. It is at the junction of Rajadamri and Sarasin, on the same side of the road as Chulalongkorn. If you are walking and you get to the Royal Bangkok Sports Club Exit 7, then you have gone too far and need to u-turn. The building looks like a large fat water tower, with red crosses interspersed on the exterior wall. The entrance is clearly marked 'ANONYMOUS CLINIC' in English.

Entering, on the right side is a curved large reception desk. Tell them you wish yo have some tests, they will hand you a form to fill out. On the form, you state what test you wish to have by ticking one of many boxes. The very first box reads 'HIV/AIDS'. Another says something like 'All STIs'. General health tests like cholesterol, CBC etc are also available. The second page of the form asks for the initials of your first and last name. You are may use your actual initials or any other that you like (but make them ones you can remember). You do not need to show ID at any point. The form will also have spaces for your mobile number and email address but these can be left blank if desired.

After completing the form you got to the cashier and purchase a membership card which has a uniquely numbered sticker. This number is the only thing that will appear on your blood samples and test results, in order to preserve your anonymity. Costs of the card as of February 2011 = only 20 baht.

Next you will be referred to a counselor who will, in a professional and non-judgemental manner, take a brief sexual history and discuss with you the planned tests to be sure they are appropriate for your specific situation. Any questions you have about the testing process or other health questions may be asked at this point. The counsellors speak English.

After that, you pay for the tests and the blood is drawn. The HIV test as of Feb 2011 costs under 200 Baht, as do most other tests.

Results are usually within an hour. Should the "rapid" HIV test be positive, they will perform additional tests which will require a longer wait. Do not panic if this happens.. the "rapid" test is used first because it is inexpensive and fast, and very rarely gives a false negative (unless the person is very newly infected), but it is known to give false positives in a certain percent of cases. Most people positive on the rapid test will prove to be negative on further testing. See post #7 for fuller discussion of this.

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The Red Cross Anonymous Clinic (address above), which has long hjad support groups for thai speakers who are HIV+, now has one for English speakers.

2 to 5 PM on the 3rd saturday of each month 2 to 5 pm

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Update on HIV+ Support Group in Bkk for English Speakers:

Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month at the Red Cross Anonymous Clinic, left side water tower building at 2 pm. Most of the times an English doctor is present not for consultations but for counseling in the discussion. Other than that it's whatever anyone talks about.

Upcoming dates:

17 Mar 2012

21 Apr 2012

19 May 2012

for further info contact [email protected]

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Also the AIDS Access Foundation which has a telephone hotline 1663

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