A new iPhone App, ‘Life plus’, has been launched by the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust with funding from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help the 5,000 members of its myHIV service get access to information on their condition wherever they go.
It is free to download, and contains tools for monitoring CD4 and viral load levels, storing health and treatment information, and setting medication and appointment reminders.
Life plus also includes links to a library of information about living well with HIV, including specialised advice on employment, housing, travel, and disclosure.
Lisa Power, Policy Director for Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Since we launched myHIV, we’ve found a significant proportion of people have been accessing their personal information via an iPhone.
“There are a number of situations in which people with HIV need a quick reminder of dates, times and information about medication, especially when they’re newly diagnosed. They might use the app to log their blood counts during clinic visits, or to keep track of questions to ask their HIV specialist at their next appointment. “Life plus transforms the tools from myHIV into a trusted resource people can carry in their pockets.”
myHIV is funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 5,000 have registered to use the myHIV website since its launch in 2011.
The app can be downloaded by clicking here.