For both heterosexuals and homosexuals, you can reduce the risk of transmission of the HIV virus (the virus that causes AIDS) by using a condom every time you have sex.
In Japan most pharmacies/drugstores or convenience stores carry condoms. It may be difficult to find them in the shop because they are paper-wrapped or displayed at the back of the shop.
If you need to, just ask the shop assistant in Japanese.
"KONDOMU WO KUDASAI. (Please get me some condoms.)" or "KONDOMU WA DOKO NI ARIMASUKA. (Where are the condoms?)"
Use it properly from start to finish of sexual intercourse.
Make sure to check the expiry date, especially when you buy condoms from a condom vending machine.
Condoms prevent not only HIV infection but also other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and unwanted pregnancy. Remember pills are not available for contraception in Japan and few Japanese woman on the pill.
You may be thinking about taking the test.
Is there any particular sexual incident you are worrying about? Do you remember when it happened? Try to recall and count how many weeks have passed. Usually Public Health Centers rewire 12 weeks for accurate test result, but you can take the test as early as 8 weeks.
Have you had intercourse or oral sex without a condom? Have you shared needles without bleaching and rinsing with water first? If you answer is yes, you have some (although it may be slight) risk of contracting HIV virus.
Hokenjo (Public Health Center)
"Hokenjo"s are located in all cities throughout Japan and offer the test for free of charge.
The test is anonymous (you don't need to give your real name. "XYZ" will do. When you are asked to write down a "name", we recommend you use a Japanese name, such as "Taro" for men and "Hanako" for women) and strictly confidential.
You can go to any Hokenjo. Find the Hokenjo of your choice from a telephone directory or from our JHC English hotline.
Most Hokenjo offer the test only on mornings of certain days a week and do not have any staff who speaks English.
When you go, you can say, "EIZU KENSA WO ONEGAI SHIMASU. (The HIV antibody test, please.)" They will take a small amount of your blood for the test.
Then you will be given a piece of paper with your number which you need to bring when you come back for your result.
Unfortunately, no pre-test counseling is available at Hokenjos. If you want to know more about the test or talk about your personal situation, please give us a call.
There are some private
clinics with English speaking staff. The test fee will range from approximately
3,000 to 7,000 Yen.
For more information, please call our JHC English Hotline.
You need to go back for your result (usually) one week after the test.
"Insei, or (-)"
means HIV-negative in Japanese.
At the hokenjo if you are negative, you are simply given an envelope containing your result or a verbal explanation in Japanese. Testing negative does not mean you don't have to think about it any more. It means you have been careful, and you should make sure you KEEP being careful.
"Yosei, or (+)" means HIV-positive in Japanese.
If you test positive, you may have a lot of fears and anxiety and not know what will happen to you next. Please do not suffer by yourself. Japan HIV Center offers various kinds of support to PWAs (Person with HIV/AIDS) in English for free.
Please contact us and let's talk.
If you want to know more about AIDS, safer sex, or how to talk about safer sex in English,
JUST GIVE US A CALL.
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