Commonly referred to as the Big Island, Hilo is home to the popular University of Hawai’i at Hilo on Kawili street. As the largest island and a college town, Hilo has seen a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted disease rates over the last few years.
Often asymptomatic, chlamydia is the most common STD, the rate of cases in 2016 for the Hilo area was 343.67 per 100,000 people. Gonorrhea is often also asymptomatic in females, though males generally experience symptoms. Hilo’s rate for gonorrhea in 2017 was 113.3 per 100,000 people. Though only 2 cases of congenital syphilis cases were reported between 2011 and 2015, primary and secondary syphilis rates were at 6.4 per 100,000 in 2015.
The University of Hawai’i at Hilo offers great support, brochures with research, and even free STD testing for their students.
If you’re currently a student there (or a member of the community), head over to Student Medical Services located in the Campus Center for STD screening. In addition to gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis, they provide monthly free, confidential HIV testing as well. They do not take walk-ins unless it is an emergency, so call before you arrive.
Free same-day STD testing may also be available at the Waiakea Health Center location over on Kuawa street. Other affordable (possibly free) options for the general public include Hilo Family Health Center over on Kinoole street. Hours are limited and you may be subject to a 1-2 day wait, try calling in advance to find out what day is best for your visit.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Hilo clinics with our easy-to-read chart.