When searching for information about sexual health checks for women in Bangkok, I found that the resources online were lacking. While there were a few sites targeted toward men who have sex with men, and lots of posts by men on various expat forums and blogs, there was nothing specifically for or by women. So, I decided to create something myself.
The following list is based on my own experience, as well as recommendations from other women living in Bangkok.
4 Clinics Offering STI Checks & Pap Smears for Women in Bangkok
For foreign women in Bangkok, these are the best places to get screened.
1. The Women’s Health Center at Samitivej Hospital
I visited the Sirinakarin branch for pap smear and HPV test, which cost 3,300 baht.
2. MedConsult Clinic
MedConsult Clinic is run by Dr. Donna, a British doctor trained in the UK and living in Thailand for over 25 years. The clinic is located on Sukhumvit 49. On the ground floor, there’s a confidential sexual health clinic.
Here are the prices for some of the tests you can get there.
3. Bumrungrad Hospital
Bumumgrad Hospital’s Dr. Wandee Areerak is highly recommended by expat women in Bangkok. There are no prices online, but some previous patients have noted that her services are rather expensive for those who don’t have insurance.
4. The Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic
The Thai Red Cross is the first HIV voluntary counselling and testing clinic in Asia, providing sexual health services since 1991.
After visiting this clinic for some tests of my own, I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to any woman looking in Bangkok who’s looking to do the same.
The clinic runs a very efficient system, with very little waiting around. First, you walk in and take a queue number. Then, you sit down to register your details on a computer, putting them in yourself so it’s entirely confidential. Once you’re done, you receive a printed barcode sticker, which a nurse will later use to label your test.
From there, you’re directed to a counter where a friendly receptionist with great English will ask if you’re experiencing any symptoms, verify the tests you’re having and how you’d like to receive your results. If you’d like a printout, you’ll need to provide a copy of your passport. Otherwise, you’ll be given them verbally. If it’s your first visit, you’ll have to pay 20 baht for a membership card.
On my visit, everything moved like clockwork. I went straight from the counter to a waiting area, where I was quickly called to a nurse’s office. A nice male nurse drew my blood while Britney Spears’ ‘Lucky’ played in the background, and quickly sent me on my way. From first walking into the clinic to finishing my test, only 20 minutes had passed. The wait for my results took a little longer, and it was around 45 minutes until I was taken to a private room where a nurse disclosed my results.
Here’s the full price list for tests at the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic.
Note: Pap smears are only available from 8:30am-11:00am.
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