Where can I get tested for STD/STI in Japan?
STD tests are available through urologists (for men), OB/GYNs (for women), and through public health centers.
Common STD tests are for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and HIV. If you are unsure as to which disease to be tested for, consult with your doctor.
The costs involve depend on whether you have symptoms or not. If you have STD symptoms, the tests will be covered by Japanese Health Insurance. For more details, visit this page.
If you have no symptoms, you are likely to need to pay for the full cost of each test. Costs are around a few thousand yen per test item, plus a doctor’s consultation fee. For more details visit this page.
Rapid HIV tests are available at some clinics but not covered by insurance, they can cost over 5,000 yen.
Results usually take around one week. In Japan, it is not common to get medical test results by email or phone. Normally, you need to go back to the clinic to get the results from the doctor.
JHI can help you find a clinic/hospital in your area.
We respect your privacy and your contact with JHI will be kept strictly confidential. Feel free to contact us through our e-mail or contact form.
STD Home Testing Kit is available (with full English instructions and results)
JHI can send a home testing kit to your home. You can take samples at home then send back to our contracted lab. You will receive result one week later via email. The kit can be sent anywhere in Japan but not overseas. Home testing is recommended to those who are not showing symptoms of STDs. If you have possible symptoms please seek help from a doctor.
Available Tests (Throat test is also available)
- HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C (Blood Test)
- Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhoea (Urine or smear test)
- Candida (Skin Scrape or smear test)
To order see Home Test Order page.
*The following is a testimonial we received regarding our assistance*
Despite being [in Japan] for over two years, my Japanese is still pretty poor. Lately, I’ve had concerns regarding a serious and a quite confidential medical matter, sexually transmitted diseases. I have been worried about the possibility of me acquiring an STD. With my poor Japanese skills, I tried to search for sites in the internet which can provide me with English medical assistance until I found out about JHI (Japan Healthcare Info).
I asked them to help me search for health centers which provide free STD check-up near my place. Also, in case free medical check-ups won’t be available in my place, I asked them to provide me with a list of hospitals close to my area which offer English services. And so, on the first working day after I sent them an email, they replied to me with a list of options I can take ranging from free health centers to hospitals with English speaking staffs. This was accompanied with detailed information on the location of the health centers, the process I need to go through to have the check-up, and the things I needed to prepare including the amount for those which don’t offer free services.
With these options, they asked me which one I would consider to have my check-up. However, because of certain matters like financial problems, and my unavailability on those dates where the medical services are available, I had a hard time deciding. So they sent me other options giving consideration on my concerns such as financial matters as well as the dates when I can be available for the check-up. Finally, I was able to make my choice.
After deciding on which health center to go, they called the center and arranged an appointment for me. Considering that I wasn’t familiar with the center, they gave me a detailed description of how to get to the place with maps and pictures of the building. It was amazing how everything was really in the details which made it easier for me to find the place. So finally, I was able to have my check-up. They had an English-speaking staff at the center so I had no problems at all. Everything went smoothly, thanks to all the necessary information I got from JHI.
Lastly, I would like to give credit to the staff in charge of my case. She was totally nice making sure I get all the information I needed. Also, considering the fact that my case was quite a serious and confidential matter, she made sure that everything was kept private. Now, I’m glad to know that for foreigners like me who need medical support here in Japan, there is this organization which can really provide us with complete help and assistance we need.
Lately, I have a discharge from my urethra and have also been experiencing a severe burning sensation while urinating. I searched the internet about the symptoms I have and tried to know what are the possible disease that I may have caught and the results that I got are possibly, urethritis or STD, mainly gonorrhoea or chlamydia. Since I am not a doctor, I am aware that it is best to consult it to a doctor and get diagnosed.
I have studied the Japanese language for 1 and a half years. Even so, when it comes to medical matters, it is quite hard for me to understand. So, I decided to seek out help from Japanhealthinfo.com and hoped they could help me and suggest me a clinic or a hospital who have doctors who can speak English so I could better understand what the disease really is, its cause and its proper treatment. The organization was very kind and accommodating. They immediately replied to my email and answered all my questions and worries and they suggested me the clinic near my area that have doctors who can speak English the day after I sent them an email. They even gave me the detailed pieces of information about the clinic, where it is located, the background of the doctors, it’s website and phone number. I felt very lucky and very thankful that they helped me with my problem.
I decided to go to the clinic that they suggested to me. It was a small clinic but the staff were very nice and very accommodating to me. They have assisted me with everything. I also asked them if there are doctors who can speak English available for that day, and luckily the doctor was available. They asked me about what I wanted to consult the doctor about and they were very nice about it even though the symptoms I have were embarrassing. They were very professional about it and they kept it confidential. They also suggested a hospital where I could be tested for free if I thought I may have caught HIV if I felt anxious about it. I felt very comfortable and safe. After the consultation, they gave me the medicines I need for the treatment. the doctor explained everything to me in English to ensure I had the proper medication. I am now recovering thanks to the help of japanhealthinfo.com. This organization is very helpful for us foreigners, we can now go to hospitals without worrying about the Japanese language and how to understand the treatment. Because of this our life is much easier and worry free with the help you are giving us.
Thank you and more power to this organization!