JABSOM-operated HIV/AIDS Clinic moves to new location at 677 Ala Moana

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The Clint Spencer Clinic, operated by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), has moved to a new location in Kaka`ako, at 677 Ala Moana Boulevard, the former “Gold Bond Building.”

In its new location, the Clint Spencer Clinic is just across the street from the University of Hawai`i’s medical school and closer to Hawai`i’s oldest AIDS organization, The Life Foundation, which is located in the same building.

The Clint Spencer Clinic is a multi-specialty treatment center focusing on the care of individuals infected with HIV and its complications. It provides HIV-related primary care as well as consultative care for all of Hawai`i’s HIV-infected population, estimated at about 3,000 people.

“Being closer to our community partners and medical school will help us in caring and servicing the HIV community more effectively,” said Dr. Cecilia Shikuma, JABSOM Professor and Director of the school’s Hawai`i Center for AIDS.

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Faculty and staff of the medical school and UCERA with supporters from the Life Foundation at the Clinic Blessing.

Services at the clinic are provided through JABSOM’s faculty practice plan, UCERA (University Clinical Educational and Research Associates).

The clinic was named in memory of Clint Spencer, who died in 2001. Clint realized the importance of research in improving the care of Hawai`i’s HIV positive community; as a result, in 1992, he became the first patient to enroll in a research protocol through what is now the Hawai`i Center for AIDS.

The Hawai`i State Legislature has been an important source of support for the Center for AIDS and the clinic, especially during its formative stages.

At the clinic, staff emphasize the following components of HIV care:
–Basic HIV care including antiretroviral therapy and preventive care.
–Metabolic complications of antiretroviral hypercholesterolemia (high Cholesterol) and lipodystrophy (body fat abnormalities).
–Interpretation of resistance testing and salvage therapy.
–Viral hepatitis co-infection.
–Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and disease in men and women.
–Women’s health concerns.
–Neurologic problems, including peripheral neuropathy and AIDS dementia.

Drew A. Kovach, MD, MDiv (left) and Hawaiian Chanter Raymond Alejo, RN (center) of the Life Foundation, begin the blessing ceremony.

Drew A. Kovach, MD, MDiv (left) and Hawaiian Chanter Raymond Alejo, RN (center) of the Life Foundation, begin the blessing ceremony.

Clinicians include physicians trained in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Anal Dysplasia Evaluation and Care, and a Women’s Health-Nurse Practitioner.

The clinic accepts most forms of medical insurance and does not limit clients’ access to clinical services based on ability to pay.

The new location for the Clint Spencer Clinic is the former “Gold Bond Building” at 677 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1024.

 

The telephone contacts are:

O`ahu and long distance telephone: (808) 692-1310
Toll free telephone for Neighbor Islands: (800) 806-8208
Fax: (888) 805-0403 (Toll free fax number)

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