AIDS/HIV Testing Centers and Community Centers around Japan
Many of the testing center websites are available only in Japanese. We are looking for translators to help go through these websites and translate the information. There are centers in most major cities all across Japan. If you’d like to help translate some of this information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to help extend our resources.
- This website is great to start looking for HIV test centers as well as resources for foreigners:
- If you’re concerned about anonymity or have difficulty accessing a clinic, you can purchase an at-home HIV testing kit here:
- If you can read Japanese, this website may also be useful:
Here’s a link to a database where you can search for English-speaking clinics/hospitals in Gifu Prefecture by the services they offer and by the region.
Kagoshima City Chuo Health Centre (Hokenjo)
Close to the Korimoto Tram Station (Kamoike 2-chome, 099 224 1111)
Free and anonymous HIV and STI testing is available on Tuesdays at 13:30-15:00 and every second Thursday at 17:30-19:00.
HIV, hepatitus B and C, and chlamydia tests are free. You will need to pay a small fee for syphilis and gonorrhea. (The gonorrhea test is not available on Thursdays.)
Just say “Kensa ni kimashita” (“I came to be tested”) when you reach the reception desk. You will be given a number, directed to fill out a Japanese form (English translation here), and asked to wait outside room #11. When your number is called, a staff person will privately confirm which test(s) you’d like performed and answer any questions you might have about HIV and STIs (in Japanese). Next, you’ll be directed to another window where you’ll slide your form through the window and wait to be called. After they draw your blood, it will be about 20-30 minutes until you have your HIV results. You’ll have to call about a week later for the results of the other tests.
A lovely Stonewall member translated this Kyoto website. See translation below.
- Kyoto Weekend Testing (Kyoto Kojo Hokenkai): 67 Nishonokyo Kitatsuboicho Nakagyo Ward Kyoto-shi, first/third Saturday of every month 09:00-17:00 (appt calls accepted on weekdays 09:00-17:00), 0120-636-040
- Kyoto Evening Testing (Shimogyo Health Center): 608-8 Higashishiokojicho, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji-agaru, Shimogyo Ward Kyoto-shi, second/fourth Thursday of every month 18:00-19:30 (appt calls accepted on weekdays 09:00-17:30), 075-222-4421
- Nantan Health Center: Fujinoki-21 Sonobecho Oyama Higashimachi, Nantan-shi, first/third Thursday of every month, 9:00-11:00, 0771-62-2979
- Otokuni Health Center: Umatate-8 Kamiuenocho, Muko-shi, first/third Tuesday of every month, 13:00-15:00, 075-933-1153
- Yamashiro North Health Center: Wakamori 7-6 Uji, Uji-shi, every Thursday 09:00-11:00, 0774-21-2911
- Yamashiro South Health Center: Jogo-18 Kizu, Kizugawa-shi, every Thursday 13:00-15:00, 0774-72-0981
Kyoto-shi Health Centers
(walk-in – results will take about 2 weeks)
- Fushimi-ku: 33 Takajocho, Fushimi Ward (09:00-10:30)
- Higashiyama-ku: 130-6 Kiyomizu 5chome, Higashiyama Ward (Mondays 09:00-10:30)
- Kamigyo-ku: 866 Kitafunashicho, Horikawa-dori Kamidachiuri-sagaru, Kamigyo Ward (Tuesdays 14:30-16:00)
- Kita-ku: 56 Murasakino Nishigoshodencho, Kita Ward (Thursdays 09:00-10:30)
- Minami-ku: 1-2 Nishikujo Nandencho, Minami Ward (Tuesdays 09:00-10:30)
- Nakagyo-ku: 521 Sanbohorikawacho, Nishihorikawa-dori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo Ward (Fridays 09:00-11:00)
- Nishikyo-ku: 1-2 Katsuraushitoracho, Nishikyo Ward (Tuesdays 09:00-10:30)
- Sakyo-ku: 7-2 Matsugasaki Donouecho, Sakyo Ward (Fridays 9:00-10:30)
- Shimogyo-ku: 608-8 Higashishiokojicho, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji-agaru, Shimogyo Ward (Wednesdays 09:00-10:30)
- Ukyo-ku: 9-1 Uzumasa Katsuragaharacho, Ukyo Ward (Tuesdays 09:00-10:30)
- Yamashina-ku: 14-2 Nagitsuji Ikejiricho, Yamashina Ward (Fridays 09:00-10:30)
Angel Life Nagoya
An organization that supports HIV/AIDS awareness, and also hosted the Nagoya Lesbian and Gay Revolution (NLGR) in June this year. It’s all in Japanese, but it does list some other options for gay bars and restaurants – they’re out there, you’ve just got to search for them.
Hatano Medical Clinic
Located in the Chunichi Building 4F (Sakae), this clinic was recommended by a Stonewaller. The doctor can speak English.
HIV (AIDS) Antibody Testing
(Free, anonymous, no appointment necessary)
- Chuo Ward Public and Welfare Health Center: Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 11:00TEL 06-6267-9882
- Kita Ward Public and Welfare Health Center: Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 11:00TEL 06-6313-9882
- Yodogawa Ward Public and Welfare Health Center: Monday 14:00 – 15:30, Tuesday 9:30 – 11:00TEL 06-6308-9882
Syphilis and Chlamydia checks are also offered at the Public and Welfare Health Centers.
Please look at this website: city.osaka.lg.jp
Tuesday and Friday Night HIV Antibody Testing
(free, anonymous, no appointment necessary)
Syphilis and Hepatitis B checks are also offered.
Date: Every Tuesday and Friday (except National holidays and Year-end/New Year holidays)
Sunday Quick HIV Antibody Testing
(Free, anonymous, no appointment necessary)
Hepatitis B checks are offered.
Date: Every Sunday (except Year-end/New Year holidays)
Time: 14:00 – ※Tickets will be given from 13:30
Venue for HIV Antibody Testing
Ichiei Sogo Building (3F) “chot cast Namba” (see map)
1-6-8 Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku (Subway Namba Station, Exit 6)
TEL 06-6647-0656 (9:00-17:00 Excludes Sat/Sun, National holidays, Year-end/New Year holidays).
Counselling – Home Visits and Services Section
Kita Ward Public Health and Welfare Center
Date: First and third Thursday
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 (appointment necessary) 06-6313-9968
Chuo Ward Public Health and Welfare Center
Date: Every Second and Fourth Friday
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 (appointment necessary) 06-6267-9968
NPO ‘Charm’AIDS Telephone Consultation in Foreign Languages
Tuesday – English, Spanish
Wednesday – Thai
Thursday – English, Filipino
Time: 16:00 – 20:00 (except Year-end / New Year holidays)
Inquiries and Consultation About AIDS in English, Chinese, Korean
TEL: 06-6647-1019 (except National Holidays and Year-end/New Year holidays)
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 9:00 – 17:30
2-15-13 Shinjuku Ni-Chome (see map)
This community center and gallery in the heart of Tokyo’s gay district focuses on AIDS/HIV prevention and resources. Take the elevator to 3/F.
Gay Men’s Hotline
3203-9885 (Sat 19:00-22:00)
Run by AIDS Care Project who also place safer sex kits around the bars.
Shinjuku Health Center
English Website: city.shinjuku.lg.jp
Offers free and anonymous HIV / AIDS tests twice a month, in addition to other STDs such as syphilis. 1/8 of all AIDS tests in Japan are conducted here. Every Thursday between 1 and 2:30 pm they have staff able to speak in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai (only twice a month) to conduct the tests and offer counselling to the foreign community. You can call either of the numbers below to book an appointment.
Foreign language service: 03-3369-7110
Japanese service: 03-5273-3859
English Website: shirakaba-clinic.jp
History of HIV/AIDS in Japan
The first reported case of AIDS in Japan was in 1983. According to this article, because of the early cases of HIV were hemophiliacs, and because the mass media focused on HIV positive homosexuals in the U.S., there were myths that the Japanese could not contract this disease. Many people thought it was a foreign disease, or one that only certain individuals like homosexuals and prostitutes could get and that you could only catch it in another country. These myths continue today. Between 1985 and 1999, 70 percent of Japanese men and women who contracted the disease did so in Japan. Many people who have the virus do not get tested because they do not believe that they are at risk.
Among reported AIDS cases in 2010, 436 cases were Japanese and 33 cases were non-Japanese. In terms of transmission route, 224 cases were homosexual contact and 115 cases heterosexual contact, making a total of 72 percent through sexual transmission. Only four cases were drug-related, and 91 cases were unknown. 49 percent of them were 35-49 year-old but there is no specific trend in the female cases.
In 2013, 22,971 people had been reported to have contracted the HIV virus in Japan. Half were infected through homosexual contact. 1,077 new HIV infections and 469 new AIDS patients were reported, the second highest number of new infections in Japan.
“I can’t say that getting tested was fun or a cultural experience because it’s always nerve wrecking. But, I really liked the service the Shinjuku health center provided.
I knew they offered service in English, and as soon as I arrived somebody asked me if I would like to be counseled in English. A few minutes later a lady who spoke flawless English met me in a private room and gave me a small talk on STDs. She asked a few questions about my sexual habits and then explained the procedures. One of the things that I was glad to hear was an explanation of how my health insurance would work in case I tested positive for anything.
In the end I got tested for everything they offer, which is chlamydia, syphilis and HIV. I had to give a urine and blood sample, and the person who spoke English stayed with me the whole time to make sure I understood the rest of the staff and what was happening.
I was then told to go back in one week to pick up my results. The same lady was there to translate them, and I was happy to hear that it all came out negative.
Everything was free and anonymous. I was given a number to identify my samples, and asked to provide a four-letter combination in case there was further need for confirmation. Otherwise, nobody ever asked me for my name, nationality, legal status in Japan or anything that could identify me in any way.
You can get these services at a private clinic, especially if you need the results faster, but there’s usually a fee involved. I was really happy to go for a confidential and free test in Shinjuku.” -Anonymous