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PrEP Providers

We make every effort to keep this list current, but recommend that you always call to confirm details such as insurance coverage and the details of the process before making an appointment. If you know of additional providers who should be added to this list, please contact us at

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Dr. Mohammad Farkhondehpour, MD
UC San Diego Health System Internal Medicine
8939 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Dr. Steve Gardner
2020 Genesee Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
NOTE: Sharp patients ONLY

Dr. Frank Gilman
Sharp Rees-Stealy Point Loma
3555 Kenyon St., Ste. 201
San Diego, CA  92110
NOTE: Sharp patients ONLY

Dr. Miguel Goicoechea
Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines
10666 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Dr. Shawn Harrity
UC San Diego Health System Sorrento Valley
4910 Directors Place
San Diego, CA 92121 Sorrento Valley
New Patient: 800.926.8273
Existing Patient: 619.471.9250

Dr. Robert Houghton
Private Medical Group
1855 1st Avenue Ste 200B
San Diego, CA 92101

Dr. Maile Karris
UC San Diego Health System - Hillcrest (Medical Offices South)
4168 Front Street 3rd Floor Suite 2A
San Diego, CA 92103
ID 619.543.6146

Dr. Richard Keller
Perlman Clinic
3900 5th Ave., Ste. 110
San Diego, CA 92103

Dr. Tri Lac
Scripps Clinic Mission Valley
7565 Mission Valley Rd Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92108
Speaks Vietnamese and English

Dr. Aimee Lopes
Sharp Rees-Stealy
2020 Genesee Ave
San Diego, CA 92123

Dr. William Mittendorff
Scripps Coastal Medical Center
501 Washington St Ste 600
San Diego, CA 92103

Dr. Jay P. Mongiardo, MD
Kaiser Permanente – Family Practice Department
3875 Avocado Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91941

Dr. Sheldon Morris
UC San Diego Health System La Jolla
9333 Genesee Avenue Suite 200
La Jolla, CA 92121
New Patient: 800.926.8273
Existing Patient: 858.657.8600

Dr. Mike Schmerber (3rd year resident)
UC San Diego Scripps Ranch
9009 Mira Mesa Blvd, Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92131

Dr. Amy Sitapati (Internal Medicine )
UC San Diego Health System- La Jolla
8939 Villa La Jolla Drive
Suite 110
La Jolla, CA 92037

Dr. Miranda Sonneborn, MD
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
300 Fir St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Dr. Loretta Stenzel
Vista Community Clinic
North County, SD
NOTE: PrEP case managers can help answer general PrEP questions regarding cost/insurance/etc.
760.631.5000 x7000
For information on starting the PrEP process at Vista, call Sergio: 760.631.5000 x7188

Dr. Wynnshang Sun, MD
Scripps Memorial Hospital
9850 Genesee Ave Ste870
LaJolla, CA 92037
Speaks Chinese, Mandarin, Spanish and English

Dr. Gary Woodall & Dr. David Shamblaw
Balboa Park Internal Medicine – Scripps Mercy Medical Group
2970 Fifth Avenue #140
San Diego, CA 92103
NOTE: Dr. Shamblaw is currently accepting new patients for PrEP, HIV care and general adult medicine. Also, conducting HIV trials and offers treatment to transgender patients.

Dr. Adam Zweig, MD
Medical Director
AHF San Diego Healthcare Center
3940 Fourth Ave. #140
San Diego, CA 92103

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
PrEP is available at all 17 health center locations
Call 1-888-743-7526 for an appointment
More information about PrEP and PEP at Planned Parenthood is HERE.

Hillcrest Family Health Center (HFHC): Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Night Clinic (TNC) at Hillcrest Family Health Center (HFHC)
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 - 9:00pm
4094 4th Avenue, San Diego (Hillcrest), CA 92103
Call 619.876.4462 to schedule an appointment

San Diego State University Student Health Services
Calpulli Center
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4701

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
SDSU Student Health Services is open to currently enrolled SDSU students. More information is HERE.

San Ysidro Health Center Southeast and Border Site Locations 
Dr. Robert Kiernan King
4004 Beyer Boulevard 
San Ysidro, CA 92173 
Appointments given throughout the week
King-Chavez Health Center 
950 S Euclid Ave 
San Diego, CA 92114 
Sliding scale availabIe for uninsured. ID, proof of income and application required. Medi-Cal, Medicare as well as other insurances are accepted. Verify insurance is accepted when contacting the clinic’s scheduling line.

UC San Diego Student Health Services
UCSD Library Walk
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA  92093
Click HERE for clinic hours.
UC San Diego Student Health Services provides services to currently enrolled UCSD students. Click HERE for information about student health insurance in the UC system.

Vista Community Clinic
NOTE: Anyone interested in starting PrEP treatment at Vista Community Clinic must first participate in PrEP counseling, which may include any combination of the following topics (depending upon the patient’s existing knowledge): 

What PrEP is, how it works, and its effectiveness
Medications, including side effects and drug resistance
Cost and availability
What is included in a PrEP treatment plan (daily medication, quarterly labs)
PrEP counseling will be provided by Sergio Luna (x 7188) and Marie Birdsley (x 7193).  To reach either of them, interested parties can call Connect 760.631.5000 (x 7000).
Insurance Taken: Accept the same health care plans as FHCSD with the exception of SHARP.  

Sharp Healthcare NOTE: Call the “Find a physician” number at 1.800.82.SHARP and ask for an “HIV and those at risk for HIV” doctor.

VA Medical Center NOTE: PCP prescribes all meds unless needing to refer to HIV specialist. 3350 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego, CA 92161 858.552.8585

Kaiser Permanente NOTE: Call 1.877.236.0333 ask to be transferred to the Infectious Disease Department Nurse Manager – Vince Valentino. Ask to schedule a PrEP appointment with the ID department for an HIV-negative individual • 4 providers 2 male/2 female In SD proper-Point Loma office; 1 provider in San Marcos • 1st appointment will emphasize patient education regarding PrEP • 1 week after initiating PrEP, patient will return for a follow up appointment/check-in


If your insurance offers some coverage but you have a co-pay:

Gilead Co-Pay Coupon Card – or call 1.877.505.6986
• Intended for those with insurance but with high co-pays
• Can be used for up to 12 co-pays within 12 months for the length of enrollment
• Card is not valid for prescriptions eligible to be reimbursed in whole or part by Medicare, Medicaid, any other federal or state-funded healthcare benefit program, by private plans, or other health or pharmacy benefit programs that reimburse you for the entire cost of your prescription drugs
• Program currently scheduled to expire December 31, 2015 – may be extended

If your monthly, out-of-pocket cost is being quoted at approximately $1400/month for PrEP:

This may mean that you have not met your deductible, your insurance company does not cover PrEP, or that prior authorization is required.
• What is a deductible?
The amount you pay for health care services before your health insurance begins to pay.
• What is prior authorization?
Prior authorization means that a request must be submitted and approved in advance before your insurance company will pay for a medication.
• How do I know if I need a prior authorization?
Contact your insurance company or pharmacist to find out.
• How do I get prior authorization?
Your prescriber must request the prior authorization. Your pharmacist can support you in coordinating with the prescribing office and checking on the status of your authorization.
• Does prior authorization guarantee that my Truvada® will be approved?
No. Even if you do everything right, the insurance company may still refuse to cover your medicine. In the end, the insurance company is the one making the decision. Gilead personnel will partner with you to contact your insurance company in order to help you understand/navigate your coverage through the Medication Assistance Program line 1.855.330.5479.
• What do I do if prior authorization does not work? There is hope. If you have exhausted all avenues listed above, and the cost of accessing PrEP is still too high, Gilead may be able to help.

If none of the above options work:

Truvada® for PrEP Medication Assistance Program

• Must not have insurance or have an insurance that does not cover Truvada®.
• Application required including documenting proof of residency, proof of income, prescriber info, prescription and HIPAA.
• Must also make less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
• Will cover 90 days of medication during Medi-Cal application process. If Medi-Cal is denied or not yet approved after 90 days, access will be extended to 6 months.
• Call 1.855.330.5479, Monday through Friday between 9am and 8pm EST.

Special Exception

If all of the listed options have been exhausted without success, a written request for a “special exception” can be submitted as a part of an “appeals process.” This letter can be submitted with the Medication Assistance Program application and should include:
• A description of why you need assistance andamount of time that assistance is needed.
• A list of all monthly expenses (no expense is too small).
• Whether or not you are currently on PrEP and if so, how has it been covered? It is important to note whether you are coming off of a Gilead study.
• List other medications you are taking, how they are being paid for, generic vs. name brand.
• Maximum approval for a special exception is 6 months, after which you must re-apply. Special exceptions are not intended to be a sustainable solution. Explore an insurance option that works for you.