In the face of stigma, misinformation, and downright lack of knowledge, the internet has always been a good resource for people seeking information about HIV, including knowledge of where to get tested or seek the best HIV care.
Those seeking a variety of HIV services can now look to HIV.gov's updated locator, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The brand-new locator tool helps people looking for whatever HIV-related service they need find it. You can either enter your address or let the locator work based on your device's location services.
The locator tool then opens a map that points to HIV testing sites, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing sites, places that prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and Ryan White HIV care centers within a few miles away (or a few dozen miles away, if you're in a rural area). But it's not just HIV testing, prevention, and care -- the locator tool also shows places to access mental-health services and substance-abuse services, as well as places that offer housing assistance and family-planning services.
You can access the tool as a map or a list form. Both offer the address and telephone number of each service. The locator tool also lets you know whether these services are available to Spanish speakers.
Providers who don't see their service listed on the locator have the option to add their clinic or organization to the tool in order to make the listings more complete and comprehensive.