Public Health Centers and STD Testing

Public Health Centers (Hokenjo)

Operated by local authorities, public health centers, (hokenjo () in Japanese) and are in place to promote the health and wellbeing of the general public. This includes support for expectant mothers and the elderly, and work to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, including provision of information about childhood vaccinations. They also offer free, anonymous STD testing on specific days, though many do not have English language support. If you are confident in your Japanese ability, or have someone who can help you, you can get information on testing days for your local health center online.

Shinjuku Public Health Center has an English-language hotline and conducts STD tests with foreign language support on a first-come-first-served basis on Thursdays (excluding public holidays) from 1pm. Results are given the following week, and foreign-language counselling is available. Regular tests take place around every two weeks, but some weeks are for men only, while others are for women only. Some test dates have evening appointments (6-7pm) available. Check the schedule on the website.

7-5-8 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
(Generally) twice a month on Thursdays
1:00pm-3:30pm (2:30pm-4:00pm on men/women-only days
Website: Shinjuku City Public Health Center Test Venue (Shinjuku Metropolitan Taxation Office 1F)
Shinjuku City Public Health Center Test Venue (Shinjuku Metropolitan Taxation Office 1F)

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