Honolulu County is a consolidated city-county in the state of Hawaii, which has experienced HIV/STDs incidences over the years. The county’s HIV prevalence rate in 2012 was 198 per 100,000 individuals and has remained relatively constant over the years, with a slight increase to 208 per 100,000 persons recorded in 2019.
Sexually transmitted diseases have also been rampant among Honolulu County residents. Chlamydia rates in 2016 were rampant, with 540.6 per 100,000 person cases reported. A majority of patients diagnosed with this infectious disease were females aged between 15 to 24 years.
The rate of Syphilis infections in 2016 was 8.3 per 100,000 individuals. The cases were higher in the male population, especially in men who have sex with other men.
Gonorrhea infections in the county were prevalent among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans, with the overall rate reported as 102.3 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
The Hawaii State Department of Health has called for an expansion of free to low-cost STD screening among sexually active individuals to lower the number of HIV/STI infections in the county.
You can consider checking your sexual health at Braun Urgent Care Kailua or Planned Parenthood – Honolulu Health Center. You may also opt to visit Queen’s Medical Center for HIV/STD screening service.
Individuals may access free STD testing in the city clinics, but walk-in options may not be available, and doctors may not be available over the phone in some hospitals.