Source of facility information in the PrEP Locator database
The initial generation of the PrEP Locator database was based on collating existing resources, and on identifying areas with low coverage and finding local PrEP providers willing to be listed in the database. The database includes available data from all 50 states, as well as US territories. For states without publicly available provider lists, Emory staff contacted the state health department director or the director of HIV prevention to request information. Lists at the county and city level were also included. Data from professional organizations, including the HIV Medical Association and the American Academy of HIV Medicine, were also used to develop the database. Non-governmental sources, such as pleaseprepme.org, were also included. Non-governmental, county, and city-level provider lists were identified either through recommendations of our steering committee or through online keyword searches. Keyword searches were conducted by state for each of the following terms: “PrEP providers,” “HIV PrEP providers,” “clinics that prescribe PrEP,” and “PrEP for HIV prevention.” In addition to provider lists generated from these searches, any public health centers or private clinics that were identified during this search process were eligible for inclusion. We also sought to fill in service gaps, by identifying large metropolitan areas with few PrEP providers and finding local PrEP providers willing to be listed in the database.
Facilities will be added to or removed from the Locator database through several mechanisms. Emory staff will communicate with participating state and local directories at least bi-annually to update the database. State or local directories willing to participate in more real-time mechanisms to update the database will be accommodated. The directory has an opt-in form for adding additional providers to the database. Providers may add themselves to the database, or the general public can suggest the addition of a provider to the database. Emory staff will review all opt-in database entries, and confirm their eligibility to participate.
Facility eligibility for being entered into the Locator database
The Locator database includes both public and private healthcare providers willing to prescribe PrEP. Each entry in the database represents a single “facility” location, with eligible facilities including clinics, multiple provider practices, and single-provider practices. All facilities listed in the database have been verified to have at least one staff member with appropriate professional licensure for prescribing PrEP (M.D., D.O., N.P., P.A.) using publicly available state licensure databases. An exception to this rule was Planned Parenthood clinics, which do not list the names of their practitioners publicly; Planned Parenthood clinics all offer numerous services, such as birth control prescriptions, which require qualified practitioners to be present. Future vetting of the database may include verifying through provider self-report key data fields, such as website, phone number, address, and willingness to prescribe PrEP. Such verification may be conducted through phone calls and/or electronic survey.
The Locator database is largely built on information compiled from publicly available sources. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data, and have not vetted all data fields. Additionally, data may become out of date due to clinic policy changes, clinic closings, or new clinic openings.