Where to go and what to expect
Sassy’s been getting sexy this month – and why not? We had a lot of fun researching the best adult shops in Hong Kong, learnt some valuable information about cervical health from Dr Lucy Lord and even found some naughty but nice tampon tins from Little Things for Good! However, when it comes to sexual health it can be a bit of a mystery in Hong Kong. If you come from abroad, you might find it a bit more difficult to know what to do and where to go for all those sexual health needs. Where do I go? What will it be like? How long will I have to wait for the results? What happens if I do have an STI? And while this might be somewhat of an embarrassing subject to talk about, we are more than happy to share our experiences and give you some extra insights.
Where to go
Public clinics (free of charge for HK I.D holders)
- Chai Wan Social Hygiene Clinic
West Wing LG5, Specialist Out-patient Block, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan.
- Wan Chai Female Social Hygiene Clinic
7/F, Tang Chi Ngong Specialist Clinic, 284 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Registration office is located at 6/F.)
- Yau Ma Tei Female Social Hygiene Clinic
3/F, Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club Polyclinic, 145 Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Yung Fung Shee Social Hygiene Clinic
4/F, Yung Fung Shee Memorial Centre, 79 Cha Kwo Ling Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tuen Mun Social Hygiene Clinic
5/F, Tuen Mun Eye Centre, 4 Tuen Lee Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong
- Fanling Integrated Treatment Centre (Social Hygiene Service)
6/F, Fanling Health Centre, 2 Pik Fung Road, Fanling, New Territories, Hong Kong
Private clinics (charged at different rates)
FPA Hong Kong Jockey Club Youth Zone, 8/F Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk
Room A, 13/F Full Win Commercial Centre, 573 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk
Unit 702-705, Level 7, Tower II, Metroplaza, 223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories, www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk
21/F Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong, www.neohealth.com.hk
Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.centralhealth.com.hk
What to expect
Making an appointment:
In a private clinic you’ll have to make an appointment in advance, but with public clinics (free) no pre-booking is available. Only walk in’s are allowed, so bear in mind you won’t know how long you will be waiting. We suggest you try and get there for when the clinic opens in the morning and try to be the first in line. In general you should allow two hours for a waiting time.
What you need to bring:
You must have your Hong Kong I.D, and you’ll need to register some information with the public clinics, which takes a few minutes. You’re then given a card which you can use whenever you go back from then on.
What happens in the consultation:
We’re going to have to get graphic here girls, but we’d rather you knew this information! First, a nurse will ask you about your sexual history (to be honest this is less vivid than one’s in the UK, speaking from personal experience – only a few generic questions) and then they will ask you whether you are having symptoms or just coming for a check up. You will then go into another room for a vaginal examination. Here, a nurse will insert a speculum and swab some samples. This is very quick and pain free – just a little uncomfortable (gotta be done though girls!) and from our experience, the bed-side manner is a little brusk. The nurse will also take a blood test for HIV – although you can request this not be done, it’s worth doing as a check up.
You’ll be given results straight away for chlamydia and gonorrhoea and the nurse will chat to you about anything else that may flag up at this stage. From here you will have to wait three weeks to get your results (please note this is for public clinics, privates can be quicker). In public clinics you have to physically go back for your results – they cannot give them to you over the phone or email. They will also not remind you to come back in, so remember to record the date you went and go back three weeks later. Same rules apply – no bookings!
If all your results are negative we suggest you keep practising safe sex and return every few months for check ups. If your results have come up positive, don’t fret. All clinics have professional nurses to help with treatments and advice.
Oh and girls, don’t forget to pick up your free condoms while you’re waiting! 😉