Many women, men, and teens on Kauai are facing health care issues and don’t know where to turn. Malama Pono Health Services is here for you, no matter how much money you have, or whether or not you have health insurance. You deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity. Our team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, caseworkers and educators are here for you. Turn to us.
Our clinic services are 100% confidential. You can easily make a clinic appointment by phone at (808) 246-9577, and we will get you in quickly. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and we are located at 4366 Kukui Grove Street, Suite 205 in Lihue (gray building next to Kukui Grove Cinema). Also, COMING SOON, our new mobile health outreach vehicle will be in a neighborhood near you.
We offer testing and treatment for STDs, such as, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc., and Hepatitis B and C. All testing is confidential and no appointment is needed. Please bring a government issued photo ID (driver’s license, State ID, passport, etc.) to receive testing and treatment.
MPHS provides rapid HIV testing to anyone who needs it. Get your results in about 20 minutes. All testing is completely confidential and affordable (suggested donation of $10). Walk in or make an appointment. Please bring a government issued photo ID (driver’s license, State ID, passport, etc.) to receive testing
Condom use really works in preventing HIV transmission and unintended pregnancy. Consistent use of condoms is 82%–98% effective in preventing unintended pregnancy. HIV and other sexually transmitted viruses and bacteria CAN be transmitted during oral, anal or vaginal intercourse, so always use a condom or a dental dam. You must use a new condom before each sex act (oral, anal or vaginal). If you use lubricants, you must use only water-based lubricants with latex condoms. Avoid oil-based lubricants like cold cream, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions, massage oil, or baby oil that can damage latex condoms.
Everyone has an HIV status. Getting tested gives you more control of your health and allows you to protect yourself and your partners. It’s recommended that you get tested if you currently or have ever:
Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is usually an acute (short-term) disease for those infected as adults, but it usually becomes a chronic (long-term) disease for those infected as children. Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood and other bodily fluids. The most common way to get Hepatitis B is from mother to baby, especially for those born in counties in Asia and the Pacific Islands. It is important to know your Hepatitis B status because there are many things you can do for yourself, your `ohana, and your liver if you have Hepatitis B.
Get tested. Most people with Hepatitis B in Hawaii don’t even know that they have it. Symptoms can take many years to show, so it is important to get tested, even if you feel fine. Even if you have been vaccinated, if any of the below applies to you, you should get tested to make sure you didn’t get Hepatitis B BEFORE you got vaccinated:
Hepatitis C is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is usually a chronic
Hepatitis C is spread through direct blood-to-blood contact with someone who has Hepatitis C. The most common way to get Hepatitis C is through sharing injection drug use equipment, getting a blood transfusion prior to 1992, or having other exposure to blood. Treatments are available to manage and even cure Hepatitis C for some people. There is NO vaccine available to prevent infection. It is important to know your Hepatitis C status because there are many things you can do for yourself, your `ohana, and your liver if you have Hepatitis C.
Get tested. Most people with Hepatitis C in Hawai`i don’t even know that they have it. Symptoms can take many years to show, so it is important to get tested, even if you feel fine. The earlier Hepatitis C is diagnosed, the more you can do to take care of yourself, your `ohana, and your liver.
MPHS now offers a rapid Hepatitis C antibody test available that only takes 20 minutes. For more information on the test itself, go to www.testhepc.com.