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Programs for men who have sex with men
STD/HIV clinics
Harm reduction

Hawai`i Department of Health, STD/AIDS Prevention Branch
Program name: Hawai`i Department of Health, STD/AIDS Prevention Branch, Viral Hepatitis Education and Prevention Program
Population served: HIV/STD clinic clients, MSM, IDU, persons with hepatitis C, persons living with HIV, other persons at risk for HIV, STDs and viral hepatitisC
Eligibility: Same as above and all services are free for those without insurance
Region served: State of Hawai`i
Funding: CDC/DVH
Program started: June 2002
Number of clients: N/A
Contact: Heather Lusk
Hepatitis C Coordinator
Hawai`i Department of Health
Diamond Head Health Center
3627 Kilauea Ave. # 305
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: 808-733-9281
Fax: 808-733-9291
Email: Heather.lusk@doh.hawaii.gov
Website: www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/

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1. Hepatitis C Screening
Free hepatitis C antibody testing is available through the Hawai`i Department of Health (HDOH) HIV/STD/viral hepatitis clinics and through HDOH funded community-based organizations statewide. Eligibility is based on risk factors for acquiring hepatitis C and is available for people with a history of injection drug use or other needle use, people living with HIV, sexual partners of IDU or HCV+, transgenders, people with a history of incarceration, those receiving unsterile tattoos and other behaviors with the potential of blood-to-blood contact. Hepatitis C testing involves risk reduction and harm reduction counseling and follow-up for those testing positive. For a list of places in Hawai`i to receive free hepatitis C antibody testing, visit www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/

2. Hepatitis A and B Immunizations
Free hepatitis A and B immunizations are available through the Hawai`i Department of Health HIV/STD/viral hepatitis clinics statewide. All persons who visit the HIV/STD clinics are eligible to receive free hepatitis B immunizations and hepatitis A immunizations are available to men who have sex with men, drug users, people with chronic liver disease such as hepatitis B or C, transgenders and people living with HIV. For a list of places in Hawai`i to receive free hepatitis A and B immunizations, visit www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/viral-hepatitis

3. Viral Hepatitis Education, Training and Outreach
The Viral Hepatitis Education and Prevention (VHEP) Program offers free presentations, workshops and trainings on a wide variety of viral hepatitis-related topics including integration, harm reduction, HIV/HCV coinfection and viral hepatitis epidemiology, transmission, prevention and care information. VHEP also conducts outreach at health fairs and other venues to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and to offer free hepatitis C screening and hepatitis A and B immunizations.

4. Statewide Syringe Exchange
The Hawai`i Department of Health STD/AIDS Prevention Branch funds statewide syringe exchange through the community-based CHOW Project. The CHOW project provides free, anonymous access to sterile injection equipment, outreach, health education and referral services. The CHOW Project also provides client-centered risk reduction services to prevent the transmission and acquisition of HIV and other blood-borne pathogens among injection drug users. For more information about the CHOW project, visit www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/pdfs/

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