Where to Get Tested for HIV and other STIs

The only way to tell if you are infected with HIV is by getting tested. You can get tested for HIV at any public health center in your community. The test is free of charge and anonymous (there is no need to reveal your real name ).
Some public health centers also offer other STI tests such as Syphilis and Chlamydia.

HIV Testing with Language Support

Kyoto City (English)
Kyoto HIV test center

Free, anonymous and rapid HIV test on Thursday evenings. If you like to request for English interpretation, please make a reservation beforehand.

Location: Shimogyo Ward Office, 1st floor

Date and Time : Every Thursday (no testing if it falls on a holiday) 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Test: HIV Rapid Test

1. For HIV test: Results will be available after approximately 1 hour.

2. For STI test (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia): Results will be available the at the next testing.

Please call to make an appointment.

The result will be given after approximately 1 hour.There are cases where a second test is necessary to confirm the result. In such cases, the result will be available after two weeks.

Reservation (in English): Please call CHARM for reservation. Tel #: 06-6354-5902, Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reservation (in Japanese):  Please call the Kyoto City Health Office. Tel #: 075-222-4421, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Understanding Your HIV Test Result

The HIV test result is shown as “Negative”(-) or “Positive”(+).

HIV Negative(-) result means one is not infected with HIV. Whie, HIV Positive(+) result means one is infected with HIV.

If infected with HIV, for most people, the state of infection can only be reflected in the HIV test about 4 weeks after the possible exposure to HIV. Therefore, if your result is “negative” and you took the test 4 weeks after your possible exposure to HIV, you are most probably not infected. However, span of time for the test to reflect the state of infection differs depending on the individual.  So if you are worried that you got tested less than 8 weeks from the possible exposure, it is recommended that you get tested again after 8 weeks  to make sure that you are not infected.