The Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic
Founded in 1991, the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic is the first HIV voluntary counseling and testing clinic in Asia. It provides comprehensive health care services to clients regardless of HIV status as entry points to HIV testing according to the provider initiated counseling and testing model (PICT) with the aim to normalize of HIV testing.
Available services include annual health checks, anal and cervical Pap smear, STI testing and treatment and nutritional assessment and counseling.
Men’s Health Clinic
The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre started providing sexual health services to Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in 2008. The number of MSM clients receiving the services increased rapidly, leading the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre to officially establish its “Men’s Health Clinic” in June 2009.
At the Men’s Health Clinic, Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) service for MSM was made even more user-friendly. Staffed with MSM-sensitive health care providers, the clinic is separated from the general VCT service. And the patients get confirmed test results within 3 hours.
The Men’s Health Clinic provides a variety of health services that are of interest for MSM as an entry point for HIV counseling and testing: Anal PAP smear, STD screening & Tx, PEP, body composition measurement, etc. Precancerous anal neoplasia (AIN II-III) was found in 18.7% of HIV+ve MSM and in 8.9% of HIV-ve MSM.
Nutrition services including nutrition assessment and counseling are available every week days at the Anonymous Clinic. The nutrition services are available to people living with HIV who come for follow-up care at the Anonymous Clinic and those who come for health check-up. All clients are screened for nutritional problems by health care providers when they receive any service at anonymous clinic. If they have nutrition problems (i.e. being underweight, obesity, dyslipidemia or hyperglycemia), or are at risk for nutrition problems (i.e. taking nutrition supplement, having any symptom affected by eating), they will be referred to nutritionist for further assessment and in-depth counseling.
The nutrition assessment and counseling services aim to promote general health of people living with HIV in the short term and long term through improvement of nutritional status. In the short term, nutrition care aims to prevent weight loss in newly diagnosed HIV-infection. For the long term, nutrition assessment and counseling aim to monitor and prevent the chronic diseases which are commonly found in people living with HIV after receiving ART treatment.
Up to 500 clients attended the nutrition clinic in the first half of 2012. Most of which are general clients, particularly Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), who come for health check up.