February 18, 2021 – APLA Health has launched the PrEPexpress.org (PrEP Express) website to help increase the uptake of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) in Los Angeles County. The PrEP Express website was created to provide clear and direct messaging about PrEP/PEP in order to address mistrust and combat misleading medical information, answer concerns about cost and make it as easy as possible for individuals to enroll in care.
Key website features include:
Increasing the number of people who take advantage of and have access to PrEP, continues to be a major public health challenge. Despite its wide availability in LA County, fewer than a third of persons with an indication for PrEP report taking it. Our dedicated PrEP/PEP Navigation team members will directly assist visitors through proper steps required to receive free or affordable PrEP.
“Uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been especially low in communities that are disproportionately affected HIV. Black and Latinx people see higher rates of new HIV diagnosis each year but continue to face barriers to accessing PrEP and PEP,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “APLA Health’s goal is to ensure that all Angelenos have access to effective medical HIV prevention tools. This website will allow us to lower barriers to care in an effort to achieve our shared goal of zero new HIV infections.”
View the website at PrEPexpress.org
APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.