PleasePrEPMe.org, an initiative of HIVE, is a location-based, searchable California PrEP Provider Directory formally launched in November 2015 followed by the release of the Spanish version in January 2016. PleasePrEPMe.org connects consumers interested in taking PrEP to willing providers. Initially, PleasePrEPMe collaborated with partners of existing regional PrEP provider lists in San Francisco (Bay Area PrEP Provider Directory, City Clinic), Los Angeles (DHSP/UCLA LAC PATH-PrEP Collaboration, Get PrEP LA), and San Diego (California Collaborative Treatment Group). User feedback was solicited during every step of the planning process, resulting in a user-friendly, visually appealing site.

After entering a user’s location, the website scans the directory of over 200 PrEP clinics and then maps out the nearest PrEP provider within a 10- to 60-mile radius, tailored by the user. Listings for each provider includes contact information, populations served and accepted insurance plans.

As of February 2016, over 7,000 unique visitors have visited the website, with more than 18,000 page views. It was the project’s goal to register at least one PrEP provider from every county in California. To date, half of the state’s counties have at least one PrEP provider registered in the directory. Also, there is a registered PrEP provider within a 40-mile radius of all California counties except for four: Alpine, Mariposa, Mono and Modoc.

The website also features a section of curated patient resources and provider resources.

Overall, PleasePrEPMe.org fills the access gap for consumers to overcome hurdles with finding a willing PrEP provider, and supports providers in becoming more PrEP-friendly. PleasePrEPMe aims to identify providers in each of California’s 58 counties with a vision to expand PleasePrEPMe to other states and jurisdictions.

Click here to review lessons learned from launching PleasePrEPMe, including successes, outreach lessons, database lessons, and next steps. PrEP provider directory organizers are invited to join our Google Group.

Are you a PrEP provider in California and want to list your clinic on our site? Fill out this form.

 

 

Karishma Oza is the HIVE Program Coordinator based at San Francisco General Hospital. Her passions include: reproductive health and rights, HIV treatment and prevention, health equity, and increasing access to care globally. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, biking, volunteering, traveling, potluck dinner parties, listening to people’s life stories, and learning new languages. Follow her on Twitter: @karishma_oza.