Diamond Head Health Center
Charles Judd Community Health Center
Ke Ola Mamo Medical Clinic
Honolulu Health Center
Makahiki Medical and Dental Clinic
Infection rates for the three most common STDs throughout Honolulu County were slightly lower in 2018 than in 2017. But these slight dips weren’t significant, and the rates of infection for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis remained much higher than they’ve been in the past among Honolulu residents.
Gonorrhea infection rates in 2018 placed Honolulu in the unenviable top position across Hawaii counties, with 93.1 cases per 100,000 and higher than the state rate of 90.0. However, Honolulu County fared better than the United States as a whole, as the nation’s value was 179.1 per 100,000. Its 2018 gonorrhea rate was also lower than the 113.3 rate reported in 2017 and its 2016 rate of 127.1. Still, the trend has yet to drop to the low levels of 2007 through 2013.
A 2018 chlamydia infection rate of 531.7 per 100,000 places Honolulu County at the top of the list again when compared to other Hawaii counties and the state at large. Moreover, this rate is only slightly lower than the U.S. value of 539.9 per 100,000. This reflects a slight downtick from the 545.1 rate of 2017. But the overall trend has been on the rise.
In 2018, with 74 cases, Honolulu County had the second-highest syphilis infection rate in Hawaii at 7.5 per 100,000 — second only to Kauai County. Though that follows a slight downward trend over the past five years, it still hasn’t dropped to the lower levels Honolulu saw between 2011 and 2014. In 2011, the infection rate for syphilis was only 1.1 per 100,000 in Honolulu County.
Though STDs are largely preventable, infection rates continue to climb. Plus, a significant number of people don’t know they’re infected. Without treatment, men and women can develop serious health conditions that may lead to infertility, chronic pain, and other health issues. Timely STD testing is an essential tool that supports early intervention for better outcomes and lower rates of transmission to other sexual partners.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Honolulu that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
This clinic offers testing and treatment services for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. You must be at least 14 years of age, and you must not be pregnant to access their services. Appointments are necessary. Call the clinic between 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Monday through Friday to schedule a testing time and date. Don’t bring children or pets to your appointment and arrive 10 minutes early. You need a picture ID, and you’re eligible for testing even if you have no signs or symptoms of infection.
3627 Kilauea Avenue, Room 305
Honolulu, HI 96816
At the Planned Parenthood Honolulu Health Center, patients can access STI testing, diagnosis, and treatment services in addition to STI and HIV counseling. The health center also offers a wide range of services including birth control, emergency contraception, abortion, women’s and men’s health care, and LGBTQ+ services. In-person and telehealth appointments can be scheduled by calling the Patient Access Center or using the online booking system. Contact the health center for questions regarding fees. Language interpretation services are available by phone.
839 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Waikiki Health is a full-service health care center with nine locations throughout Honolulu. Women and homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 22 can get STD testing and treatment through the center’s women’s health services offered at their Waikiki – Ohua Clinic and Kaimuki – PATH Clinic. Waikiki Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) receiving federal funding, and anyone can access service from this private, non-profit organization. Uninsured and under-insured patients may qualify for a sliding fee scale. Their Ohua and Makahiki locations accept walk-ins, although they recommend calling for same-day appointments.
277 Ohua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Multiple Honolulu locations
As an independent, non-profit organization, Kalihi-Palama Health Center provides STD and HIV testing and treatment, as well as many other medical, behavioral, and social services to the Kalihi-Palama community. Access is available in multiple languages, including Samoan, Thai, Spanish, Korean, and Cantonese. A sliding fee scale is available for uninsured patients. They have several locations with varying hours of operation. Call the center closest to you to make an appointment.
915 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
The Kōkua Kalihi Valley Community Health Center is a comprehensive family services healthcare organization and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with several locations. The Family Planning Walk-In Clinic at their North School Street location performs STD testing and other family planning services, like pregnancy testing and counseling, birth control options, and emergency contraception. You will be treated even if you cannot pay, and sliding fee payment options are available for uninsured patients. This clinic serves people in the 96819 ZIP code and teenagers attending Farrington High School, Kalakaua Middle School, and Dole Middle School. Appointments are not required. Walk-ins are accepted between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interpreters are available in several languages.
2239 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96819