ViiV Healthcare and the National Association of People with HIV (NAPWHA) today launched a free mobile app aimed at making life easier for 27,150 HIV+ positive Australians.
The app, MyLife+, allows users to track their viral loads, record their moods and set reminders to take medication.
The app can also be used to record prescriptions and track treatments, with reports that can be emailed or printed out for doctors.
“The prospect of an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence,” said Michael Grant from ViiV, the drug company which funded the app.
“Today, in light of new and improved treatments, there is greater opportunity for people living with HIV to forge long, happy and fulfilling lives, that aren’t constrained or restricted by their condition,” he said
Treating symptoms and managing multiple medications can be a challenge, however, which is what the app is aimed at addressing.
Developers told SBS they conducted focus groups with HIV+ Australians to identify useful features – they say it’s the first app of its kind to assist with managing the condition so comprehensively.
They said they hope that the ability to graph a user’s viral load over time will prove particularly useful, allowing them to correlate their health records with particular medications or lifestyle factors.
The app carries no advertising, except for the logos of ViiV and NAPWHA.
NAPWHA plans to provide ongoing content for users, with articles on health advice and mental wellbeing.