Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University unveiled a new website, www.preplocator.org, that will allow users to locate a medical provider or clinic that can prescribe Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. If taken daily, PrEP helps prevent the transmission of HIV.
The website will be introduced at the 20th Annual US Conference on AIDS taking place in Hollywood, Florida today.
According to Damon L. Jacobs who founded the Facebook Group: PrEP Facts: Rethinking HIV Prevention and Sex, "We have been doing this on a grass-roots peer-to-peer level since July 1, 2013. The creators of this database used a lot of these conversations to find providers. New providers can easily be added to the database, and information for existing providers can be corrected by clicking on the provider, and clicking on the link to update provider info. Corrections/additions will go into a holding pen for Emory staff to verify and update as appropriate."
“PrEP has the potential to substantially reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States but only if people know how and where to get it,” says Aaron Siegler, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. “Importantly, the tool features a search function that allows users to search for PrEP providers who would prescribe to individuals without insurance.”
The CDC has estimated that more than one million people in the United States are eligible for PrEP.