Yes, I'm gay. I probably was since the day I was born. On my 21st birthday, I sort of had my debut. I came out to my parents. A little drama from mom, and some indifference from dad. An above-average coming out. Almost perfect.

Nine years later, two weeks before my 30th birthday, I found out... I'M HIV POSITIVE.

And so my story begins... I'm BACK IN THE CLOSET.

The HIV Hubs


Philippine General Hospital (PGH)
Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Dr. Jodor Lim & Ms. Dominga C. Gomez, HACT, SAGIP / PGH
Tel: (+632) 554-8400 local 3238

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Dr. Rossana A. Ditangco, Head, HIV Research Unit
Tel: (+632) 807-2628 or 38 local 801/208

San Lazaro Hospital (SLH)
Quiricada St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Dr. Rosario Jessica Tactacan-Abrenica, Medical Specialist II /
HACT Leader and Head, HIV/AIDS Pavilion
Tel: (+632) 309-9528 to 29; 740-8301 loc 6000


Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC)
Baguio City
Dr. Maria Lorena L. Santos, HACT Leader / Medical Officer II

Bicol Regional Training & Teaching Hospital
Legaspi City, Albay
Dr. Rogelio G. Rivera, Chief of Hospital III
Tel: (+6352) 483-0016; 483-0086; 483-0017

Cagayan Valley Medical Center
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley

Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC)
San Fernando, La Union
Dr. Jeisela B. Gaerlan, Medical Specialist II / HACT Leader
Tel: (+6372) 700-3808

Jose B. Lingad Memorial Medical Center
San Fernando, Pampanga


Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital
Lacson St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Dr. Candido Alam, HACT Leader / Medical Specialist
Tel: (+6334) 435-1591; 433-2697

Vicente Sotto, Sr. Memorial Medical Center
B. Rodriguez St., Cebu City 6000
Dr. Maria Consuelo B. Malaga, HACT Leader
Tel: (+6332) 253-7564

Western Visayas Medical Center
Q. Abeto St., Mandurriao, 5000 Iloilo City
Dr. Ray Celis, HACT Leader / Medical Specialist III
Tel: (+6333) 321-2841 to 50


Davao Medical Center
J.P. Laurel St., Bajada, 8000 Davao City
Dr. Alicia Layug, HACT Leader
Tel: (+6381) 227-2731

Zamboanga City Medical Center
Evangelista St., 7000 Zamboanga City
Dr. Jejunee Rivera, HACT Leader / Medical Officer III
Tel: (+6362) 991-0573

Or visit/inquire at your nearest Social Hygiene Clinics (Special STI Clinics) and City or Municipal Health Offices at the local level. Here are a few in Metro Manila:

Manila Social Hygiene Clinic
2nd Floor, 208 Quiricada Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Dr. Diana Mendoza or Malou Tan, RN
Tel: (+632) 711-6942

Caloocan Social Hygiene Clinic
Caloocan Health Department, A. Mabini St., Caloocan
Dr. Zenaida Calupaz
Tel: (+632) 288-8811 local 2281

Makati Social Hygiene Clinic
7th Floor, Makati City Hall, J.P. Rizal St., Makati City
Dr. Calixto Salud or Teresita Pagcaliwagan, RN
Tel: (+632) 870-1615

Mandaluyong Social Hygiene Clinic
Lerma corner Vicencio Sts., Old Zaniga, Mandaluyong
Dr. Yolanda TuaƱo
Tel: (+632) 546-7799; 211-5336

Pasay Social Hygiene Clinic
Rm. 106, Pasay City Hall, F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City
Dr. Loretta Garcia
Tel: (+632) 551-4180

Pasig Social Hygiene Clinic
5th Floor, Pasig City Hall, Caruncho Ave., Pasig City
Dr. Rocylene Roque or Dennis Espina
Tel: (+632) 640-0111; 642-7754; 640-2058

Quezon City Social Hygiene Clinic – Batasan
Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Dr. Dottie Mercado
Tel: (+63) 0905 357-6353

Quezon City Social Hygiene Clinic – P. Bernardo
Cubao, Quezon City
Dr. Suzette Encisa
Tel: (+63) 0916 478-1607

Quezon City Social Hygiene Clinic – Project 7
Project 7, Quezon City
Dr. Monina Santos
Tel: (+63) 0918 618-4133