New app helps people with HIV access health information on the go

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The app, Life plus, has been launched by HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure the 5,000 members of myHIV (www.myhiv.org.uk) are able to access information about their condition wherever they are. 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. All tools are fully linked to myHIV, so that changes made on the app will also appear on the website, and vice versa.

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. Over 5,000 members have signed up to the website since its launch in January 2011, making it the largest community of people with HIV in the UK . It also brings Terrence Higgins Trust’s total membership to more than 10,000 people for the first time in the charity’s history.

The Life plus app can be downloaded from the Apple store. For more information, or to register for myHIV, please visit www.myhiv.org.uk.

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