PleasePrEPMe Blog #1

PleasePrEPMe is an online hub for PrEP and PEP access, offering confidential online chat to answer PrEP and PEP questions and help connect visitors with services and care. We work from a sexual health coaching model, providing a sex-positive and non-judgmental space that allows visitors to safely disclose information about their sexual encounters and get answers and resources to help them explore their HIV-prevention options.

As described in our 2019 Annual Report, last year PleasePrEPMe’s online navigators had more than 1,000 interactions with visitors. Of these interactions, 74% were with PrEP/PEP users or potential users. The rest were with non-clinical staff persons, including navigators and other frontline workers (24%), and clinical staff persons (2%).

With non-clinical staff members making up a quarter of our chat visitors, we know frontline workers need support navigating the PrEP and PEP landscape, too. In this reporting period, we began updating “Helping People Access PrEP: A Frontline Provider Training on PrEP Research, Care, and Navigation,” the free,

self-directed, online training we developed in 2018–19 with support from NLM. The current updates reflect changes in PrEP science, availability, and payment options, and incorporate helpful feedback from course participants.

Check out our Annual Report to see how “Helping People Access PrEP” fits within the range of PleasePrEPMe’s services and our inclusive, welcoming approach to HIV-prevention access, education, and care.

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