Lots of fun stuff is happening at PleasePrEPMe!
This is where we share something we love or a new thing we made for you.
Check back here for updates.
May, Week 4
We are delighted to have presented our 2018 data from PleasePrEPMe:Connect in poster format at the 15th annual UCSF Family and Community Medicine Rodnick Colloquium! We attempted to convey the needs of our users to the family physicians present and also discussed our partnership with the California PrEP Assistance Program and the benefits of this new program.
March, Week 3
We are at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference! Are you? Data being presented this year is truly showing the power of undetectable = untransmittable. At the same time, it's highlighting how far we have to go to make getting consistent treatment and care a reality for at least 40% of people living with HIV.
Some bold commitments are being made to ending the HIV epidemic in the midst of this new data. We are hopeful that this will mark a turning point: huge proportions of communities are still left behind and it's incumbent on all of us to halt the spread of stigma, racism, and inequality that contributes to this.
We also displayed a poster on lessons learned through PleasePrEPMe:Connect! We have become adept at asking 'the question behind the question' - allowing our visitors to lead the conversation but being ready to encourage them to share whatever they would like with us. This often leads to wide-ranging and meaningful conversations about sex, PrEP and PEP, and HIV: many more topics than the original question might have covered!
Check out this excerpt which diagrams a real chat, and download the full PDF version at this link.
March, Week 2
This year's theme was HIV Prevention Starts with Me and we LOVE this message of self-empowerment. PleasePrEPMe hopes to aid women (and everyone!) with starting this journey. Come chat with us to learn more about PrEP, HIV prevention, and anything else you might want to know about how to keep HIV at bay!
March, Week 1
This week we are enthralled by this video on cultural humility by San Francisco State Professor, Vivian Chávez. More than just cultural competency, cultural humility is:
a process of communal reflection to analyze the root causes of suffering and create a broader, more inclusive view of the world.
Practicing cultural humility is a lifelong exercise of critical self reflection. It is effort which is necessary in our society that is so full of both beautiful diversity and structural inequalities, and even more so in our work in HIV prevention and access to pre and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP and PrEP).
Check out the video below and let us know how you implement these learnings in your own life!
February, Week 4
We are loving the increased approval and attention that 2-1-1 PrEP dosing for anal sex (also known as sex-based, event-based, event-driven, on-demand or intermittent) is getting! This week the Bay Area Reporter reported on the increasing number of Bay Area health officials who are counseling their clients (where relevant) about this method.
In late November the San Francisco Department of Public Health advised HIV care providers that they should consider PrEP 2-1-1 "for men who have sex with men (MSM) who are ambivalent about daily pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP)." The advisory noted that the non-daily dosing strategy for PrEP is also referred to as "Intermittent," "Event-Driven," "Sex-Driven," and "On Demand."
The health department sent out a second advisory about PrEP 2-1-1 to providers February 12. It reiterated that its "first-line regimen" recommendation is for PrEP to be taken daily by most people.
Read the article here and let us know your thoughts on 2-1-1!
February, Week 3
This week, IAS released its annual letter in honor of Valentine's Day and the theme is "Getting to the Heart of Stigma". The letter serves as a launching pad for its new campaign fighting - what else? - HIV-related stigma.
Sigma is multifaceted. The stigma associated with HIV itself is often compounded by other attitudes and judgments about people who use drugs, engage in sex work, have sex with members of their own sex, are indigenous, are transgender, live in poverty, have been incarcerated or have migrated from one place to another.
Discrimination is a direct action that results from stigma.
PleasePrEPMe does our daily work with an anti-stigma, anti-shame ethos, so we're thrilled to see these global efforts focus on something that means so much to us.
February, Week 2
This week we loved....last week! Feb 7th was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NBHAAD) and the theme this year was Together for Love: Stop HIV stigma. Highlighting the Let's Stop HIV Together campaign, the day raised awareness of the role we all have in preventing the spread of stigma and shame. Check out nationalblackaidsday.org for more resources and information!
February, Week 1
This week we LOVE...our partners and collaborators who send traffic our way!
In 2018 some of our fave sites and people were among some of our biggest referral sources.
Finally were our good friends at HIVEOnline.org, a hub of positive sexual and reproductive health. They highlight us as a resource for PrEP for cis and trans women and men on multiple sections of their site, and also feature our PleasePrEPMe:Connect live online chat navigation service on these pages! In 2018 they referred almost 400 users to our site.
Thank you to EVERYONE we work with - we love you and want to get to know the rest of you! Please Contact Us if you would like to know how we can work together more closely.
January, Week 4
The second PleasePrEPMe Annual Meeting was held on January 31st. Via zoom, the core team members met to discuss the past year's successes and how we're going to get #strongerbetterfaster in 2019!
- 77,000 unique website visitors
- 935 contacts via our live navigation service, PleasePrEPMe:Connect
- Countless moments of love and support between the team, our consumers, and our collaborators!
Thank you for letting us serve you and here's to an even better 2019!
January, Week 3
This week we love....that our integration with the CDC’s NPIN (National Prevention Information Network) directory is now complete!
NPIN is now the primary owner of the national PrEP provider directory, including PrEPLocator.org. Frequent data shares through API will ensure that PleasePrEPMe remains in sync with NPIN and clinics can reach out to us at any time if they have questions about this process.
To ensure that all PrEP providers are correctly displayed in both NPIN/PrEPLocator and PleasePrEPMe, please visit this link to add any future listings: https://npin.cdc.gov/orgrec/.
January, Week 2
Calling all frontline PrEP workers! Supported by the National Library of Medicine, we are creating a nationally applicable, free online PrEP navigation training.
Our target audiences are frontline staff, case managers, PrEP navigators, administrators, and other non-clinician staff at public health departments, organizations, and clinics.
Check out the full details on their HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program's blog!
Want to be informed about the training launch in the fall of 2019? Contact us and let us know.
January, Week 1
It's 2019! Time flies when you're having fun, PrEPsters. This week we just wanted to give an overview of all the services we offer to help YOU!
PleasePrEPMe:Directory, a searchable, location-responsive PrEP and PEP provider directory, in collaboration with PrEPLocator.org
PleasePrEPMe:Resources, providing local HIV-prevention resources in English and Spanish for patients and providers
PleasePrEPMe:Connect, helping Californians find PrEP/PEP services in their area through chat, text, email, and telephone with experienced navigators
We'd love to hear who you are, your PrEP story, and how we can best serve you! Come chat with us today :)
December, Week 2
This week, like all weeks, we are loving on our incredible team and close collaborators. 2018 was a wild (and good) ride, and we could not have done it without every single one of them!
Thank you so much to Shannon, Charlie, Alan, Reilly, Laura and our amazing HIVE collaborators, Karishma, Yamini, and Caroline. We *PrEP emoji* you!!
We will be off until January. Happy holidays, however you celebrate!
December, Week 1
We LOVED meeting new navigators, providers, and advocates at the 2018 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit in L.A. Meeting the people that do the good work, and learning from you directly how PleasePrEPMe can and does support that work always gives us a thrill. Also: we had a PrEPñata. What's not to love?
Did you have something you especially were excited about at the summit? Let us know on social media @PleasePrEPMe!
November, Week 4
Will we see you at the 2018 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit in L.A.? This year's conference aims to highlight the role that biomedical prevention tools such as PrEP, PEP, Treatment as Prevention (TasP), and U=U have in ending the epidemic.
Also featured will be Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement who will speak at the Summit’s Opening Plenary, “#MeToo Movement and the Intersection with Trauma-Informed HIV Prevention”!
We had a blast last year and hope we see you again for more #HIVPrevention love!
November, Week 3
Introducing new changes to our Find a Provider page!
Change #1: In California? Visit Find a Provider and click the button 'View California PrEP Assistance Program' to learn more about the CA PrEP-AP - another way for eligible Californians to pay for PrEP.
Change #2: In the US? Click the 'View Online Providers' button to learn about online ways to access PrEP! We currently feature two telemedicine start-ups and two online pharmacies, and hope to add more as services pop up.
November, Week 2
Do you know about PrEPCost.org? This online tool aims to help PrEP navigators and their clients evaluate the cost and coverage for PrEP across on- and off-Marketplace health plans.
It is now open for 2019 open enrollment in all 50 states and D.C.!
For questions and comments on PrEPcost.org, please email PrEP@NASTAD.org.
November, Week 1
Find out the benefits of having an undetectable viral load. Get informed. Get tested. Take charge.
October, Week 4
This week's love is easy peasy. Get PrEP L.A. just released a three-part series of #fire videos showcasing conversations between cis and trans women about PrEP. But our favorite part? The convo doesn't focus on PrEP. Each interaction is really centered around the womens' experiences with sex, dating, pleasure, and all sorts of other juicy stuff. This works to showcase PrEP as just one part of a healthy and fulfilling life. Check them out below.
October, Week 3
This week we wanted to highlight all the amazing PrEP Champions at PFLAG, the nation's largest family and ally organization.
We heard from this mom about how proud she is of her son for taking charge of his health and sex life and getting on PrEP.
"I am proud that my son is taking steps to safeguard his health by taking Truvada for PREP, which is more than 90% effective in preventing HIV/AIDS. Even though being HIV-positive is becoming more manageable, people continue to face challenges including stigma and access to health care and necessary medication. We have always placed value on preventative health care such as immunizations. I have peace of mind knowing that my son is protecting his own health and that of others." - Karen Neiman, Regional Director for Mid-Pacific Region (Northern California & Nevada).
Thank you for sharing your story with us and with other families and allies, Karen!
Do you have stories we can shout out about friends and families lifting up their beloved PrEPsters? Let us know!
October, Week 2
Have you liked our Facebook page yet? If you have you may have seen us shouting out our 51 (plus D.C.) state #PrEPChampions over recent weeks. We love ALL of the resources we've been able to highlight about work being done across the U.S but we especially love these three resource videos we want to highlight here:
For more great state-specific information and resources, check our our State Resources pages!
October, Week 1
Puerto Rico: We love you! We recently added Puerto Rico to the clickable map on the PleasePrEPMe home page and fixed a bug so that typing any location within Puerto Rico into the search bar will generate a suggestion from the drop-down: we previously did not have this feature and it was sorely lacking. Thank you to everyone who brought these issues to our attention and for your patience.
Are you aware of more PrEP and PEP providers within Puerto Rico that are not in our directory? Please visit PrEPLocator.org to add them!
September, Week 3
Positive Series was designed "for any organization committed to fighting HIV stigma and HIV, regardless of where they are located in the United States."
With this beautiful new series that discusses undetectable=untransmittable (U=U), anyone can download and customize bilingual (English and Spanish) materials that showcase a commitment to ending HIV stigma and HIV.
"Use these materials to educate your clients and raise public awareness about the benefits of getting to undetectable and staying undetectable to stay healthy and stop new transmissions."
LOVING IT!!! Check out all the materials at http://positiveseries.org/
September, Week 2
"Everybody should know about PrEP": THIS is what we are loving this week! Greater Than AIDS and our dear friend from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Nikole Trainor, teamed up with some other bada$$ women to produce a new video series on PrEP for Women.
Thank you Nikole for your strong message about how PrEP is personal empowerment. Check out these videos and more at: https://www.greaterthan.org/stories-lets-talk-about-prep/.
September, Week 1
Holy smokes, it's September. To hold on to the last days of summer, this week we are sharing some amazing images Shannon Weber encountered on her trip to South Korea a few weeks ago. These come courtesy of iSHAP, a local nonprofit focused on HIV prevention. They are STEAMY cute. Also of interest are the slides she presented to help inform South Korea and Hong Kong's own Getting to Zero efforts, located at this link.
August, Week 4
In addition to jamming out to their music, we can't stop watching this powerful HuffPo Perspectives piece on Shea: 'My Existence was a Rebellion'.
Join us in supporting these incredible LGBTQ artists!
August, Week 3
The end of August is approaching and that means that this week we're prepping for the CA State Office of AIDS PrEP Summit. The theme is: Navigating the Future of HIV Prevention.
If you're attending, make sure to stop by our table! (#wegotgoodies) We also want to hear about the work and challenges of PrEP navigation in California directly from YOU!
If you aren't attending, send us a shout with your questions about PrEP or PrEP navigation and we will get back to you after the Summit! (if we can't answer right away): Navigator@PleasePrEPMe.org
August, Week 2
Something truly heart-wrenching for everyone this week. Sharing a profound and difficult Grand Rounds presentation by Zea Malawa, MD, MPH on The Origins of Black Poverty. Click play on the video below or see the recording at the link here.
August, Week 1
This week we are sharing something that continues to makes us love it EVERY week. The video series #52Questions from HIVE: A Hub of Positive Reproductive and Sexual Health is Director Shannon Weber’s creative exploration for 2018 – to answer one HIV and/or sexual health related question each week in video format. Every year HIVE answers hundreds of questions from patients, their partners and from providers. We are sharing some of those frequently asked questions with you. Have a question? Let us know. They’d love to answer it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit!
July Week 4, 2018
AIDS 2018 was AMAZING! So much incredible news was made, from the affirmation of U=U to demonstrable association of increased PrEP use and declining HIV diagnosis rates in the United States.
PleasePrEPMe was there too! *waves from the Exhibition Hall*. We presented a poster on our online PrEP and PEP navigation service, PleasePrEPMe:Connect. The poster displayed who we've spoken to since launch, where they've been located within California, and the range of topics we've talked to folks about. Our Sexual Health Coaching Model also made its international debut!
July Week 3, 2018
This week we are gearing up for and traveling to AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam! Will you be there?
The theme of AIDS 2018 is:
“Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations.
We can get down with that. Come say hi and see our poster presentation,“Reaching people online via chat-based PrEP navigation services: The PleasePrEPMe: Connect experience” on Thursday, 26 July 2018, from 12:30 - 14:30. We'll be at the Poster Exhibition area, Hall 1, next to the Global Village.
July Week 2, 2018
Introducing....Wednesdays w/ Charlie! (Miércoles con Charlie). Our weekly video series made by and starring our very own #PrEPChampion, bilingual navigator Charlie! Check out the first videos here and don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube playlist!
July Week 1, 2018
Holy smokes, it's July. And before we forget to tell you entirely, you should check out our new PleasePrEPMe:Local brochure.
Made for all of our partners doing work at the local level, we created this to act as a “PleasePrEPMe in a box” concept to explain the various ways we are able to support you.
The brochure details:
- How PleasePrEPMe:Connect, Resources, and Directory can be used by local organizations and jurisdictions.
- How we can collaborate on promotion and outreach around HIV prevention.
Click here to access the brochure. We hope you find this helpful!
June Week 4, 2018
Through language we transform reality. We dictate what is real. This creates an enormous responsibility to use language to describe and create the best, most radical reality we can imagine—a world free from violence in all its forms; a world where all life, all identities and experiences, and all ways of making meaning are understood as valuable and sacred. Language can hurt or heal; it can cause harm or create liberation—the choice is ours.
—The Radical Copyeditor
How we write about people:
- PleasePrEPMe’s language reflects our values as an organization by respecting and honoring the bodies, experiences, and choices of all the people we serve. Our guidelines are just that—not unbreakable rules but evolving guidelines for writing with care, empathy, and curiosity.
- Use people-first language to acknowledge that people and communities are more than their HIV, their substance use, etc.
- That said, people-first language is not always be the best choice. Pay attention to the ways people and communities refer to themselves—and how they prefer to be described by people outside their community—and stay curious about how that language changes over time.
- “Sex” and “gender” are not the same thing, and there is power in using language that distinguishes between them.
- Use language that respects a person’s gender identity rather than emphasizes the sex they were assigned at birth. Always use a person's correct (as determined by them) pronouns.
For more guidelines and examples of inclusive and respectful language, see our (draft! evolving!) style guide.
June Week 3, 2018
It's PRRRRIIIIIIDEEEEEEE season! (A.k.a every day around here). Are you PrEP'd for Pride? Chat with us about your options and what to do if you encounter a potential exposure. Have fun and play safe out there, kids!
June Week 2, 2018
Shouting out (because they deserve SO much love) our great info sheets this week! Created in partnership with Project Inform, our primers on Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Breakthrough HIV Infections while on PrEP. Informative yet brief - check them out!
June Week 1, 2018
This week we're sharing an overview of PleasePrEPMe.Global, the worldwide directory of PrEP providers and resources. Download the full poster at this link and check out the PleasePrEPMe.Global experience!
All the PrEP navigation love! Our manual Helping People Access Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: A frontline provider manual on PrEP research, care and navigation has been updated to include PrEP-AP and more detail on billing codes and insurance denials.
The manual is available in English and Spanish. Be sure to sign up for updates with Project Inform as this is a living document and updated frequently.
Did you get our April newsletter? In it we go over some of the new resources we made for you including our Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Youth page and two pages on Undetectable=Untransmittable (basic and advanced).
Drumroll, please! If you haven't, take 3 minutes to watch our amazing navigator and sexual health coach Charlie Romero and his friends rap about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in English and Spanish! Love this? Please share widely!
More videos! Frontline staff are key in assuring potential PrEP users get information and appointments. We created this 4-minute video for clinic staff to assist their workflow and ability to provide quality service: pleaseprepme.org/frontline
Training providers, navigators or frontline staff about PrEP or PEP? Drop one or more of these slides at the end of your presentation. The help explain the process of enrolling in the directory and showcase the other resources we have at PleasePrEPMe, and how we can support their PrEP and PEP outreach.