The 14 Best HIV iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
Best HIV Apps of 2013
Fighting HIV can be a lonesome battle that can also lead to feelings of hopelessness. Not only has technology streamlined advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, but there are also specific apps for your smartphone related to your health condition. From basic terminology and medical help, to tips for your overall well-being, check out the top 14 HIV apps for your phone.
Facing AIDS by DHHS
The Department of Health and Human Services is among the leading health organizations in the United States in terms of HIV and AIDS research and advocacy. Sadly, despite modern medical advances, there are still misconceptions surrounding HIV. Facing AIDS was created by the agency in an effort to reduce prejudice against HIV/AIDS patients by putting a face to the condition—literally. This free app from iTunes works by uploading your picture as well as your own message. The pictures and messages are then shared on the Facing AIDS gallery.
When diagnosed with HIV, many patients immediately feel isolated and alone. With social stigmas still in place, you may find it difficult to reach out to others when you need support the most. HIV Connect, a free app on Android, helps alleviate this common problem by providing a community in which HIV conversations are not off-limits, but actually encouraged. This Alliance Health Networks app gives you the freedom to post questions in new discussion boards, talk about treatments, and to lend a helping hand to others facing similar crises. You can also find up-to-date medical information in the realm of HIV/AIDS.
HIV iChart by eMedFusion
Effective HIV management requires medications. With fears of drug interactions, you might be afraid to take your anti-HIV prescription meds because of other drugs and supplements you may already take. The University of Liverpool designed the HIV iChart by eMedFusion to provide drug interaction information. Available for free to both Apple and Android users, the app is meant to provide potentially life-saving information when you can’t make it to a pharmacy. Search results are highlighted in either red, yellow, or green to alert the potential severity of a drug interaction.
AIDSInfo HIV/AIDS Glossary
There is so much to learn about HIV/AIDS, and it comes with a whole new set of terms and dialect to master. The National Library of Medicine estimates there are more than 700 terms related to HIV and AIDS, which is why the organization produced this free related vocabulary app. The AIDSInfo HIV/AIDS Glossary is available from iTunes as well as the Google Play store. Not only will you have a better understanding of your condition and treatment, but the definitions in this clarifying app will make your next visit to the doctor less confusing.
inPractice HIV by Clinical Care Options
HIV patients seek knowledge surrounding their conditions, while medical professionals need to stay on top of the latest news surrounding HIV care and treatment. inPractice HIV is primarily designed to keep practitioners up to speed on everything HIV. While Clinical Care Options designed this app primarily for medical professionals, the information is also useful for patients wanting to learn more about the latest scientific research. inPractice HIV is available for free through all Apple and Android platforms.
HIV & AIDS by BAWidgets.com
Many HIV/AIDS patients want to stay on top of medical news. Some may even have a sense of duty to help spread awareness to stop this disease. The free HIV & AIDS by BAWidgets.com app for Android brings related news and updates to your phone. This easy concept eliminates time spent searching for news so you can get back to what matters most in your life.
iStayHealthy by Peter Schmidt
It can be easy to forget even important tasks, such as taking your anti-HIV medications. The iStayHealthy app by Peter Schmidt is a health tracker specifically designed for HIV patients. Available for both Apple and Android products, this app gives you useful information about your meds and potential interactions. It also allows you to sign up for reminders so you don’t miss out on any step of your treatment. This resource also provides basic information surrounding the scope of HIV/AIDS for newly diagnosed patients.
PozTracker by PozTracker Ltd.
Information is just one of the keys to successful HIV treatment. PozTracker is an app designed to fill in the missing pieces of your treatment plan. From medication reminders to test results charts, this app is easy to download and use on all of your Apple products. Color-coded charts make tracking your progress easier than ever, which can also help you stay motivated.
Whether you have insurance or not, medications for HIV and AIDS can be expensive. Depending on your condition, you may have to take multiple drugs, which can weigh heavy on your bank account. GoodRx is an app devoted to lowering your prescription medication costs, even if you are insured. With the app, you can search for specific HIV/AIDS medications and then find local pharmacies with the best prices, including generics. Occasionally, the app also issues coupons. Available for iPhone and Android phones, GoodRx promises prescription drug savings of between 20 and 80 percent.
HIV and Your Heart by Left Brain Media
The American Heart Association collaborated with the American Academy of HIV Medicine to create an all-encompassing app designed to provide both HIV and heart-health information. As a free app, this is an invaluable resource that features articles, videos, and interactive tools made by medical professionals in the field. HIV and Your Heart is made exclusively for iPad.
HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator by DHHS
Stopping the spread of HIV requires testing. The problem is that most people in the early stages of the disease don’t even know they have it. To promote the ease of testing, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed the free HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator. Made for the iPad and iPhone, this app provides testing center information based on your location from anywhere in the country. You can also look up care facility information within the privacy of your own touchscreen.
About HIV by Grateful Apps LLC
Before you seek treatment, it helps to get the lowdown on HIV. As a free app for Android, About HIV provides you with all the who, what, where, why, and how related to this condition. News, free videos, and testing locations are also included. This is a must-have app for anyone who has HIV, as well as for individuals wanting to learn more about the condition.
HIV Atlas by Halosys
HIV remains a global problem. This fact is recognized by Halosys, who released the HIV Atlas app for Android users. This free app gives you access to articles, blogs, news, and social media related to everything HIV from around the world. Job seekers looking for paid or volunteer work in HIV/AIDS advocacy can search for current openings, as well as post resumes for prospective employers. HIV Atlas also puts you in touch with upcoming events, and you may subscribe to a separate newsletter so you don’t miss out on anything.
HIV Risk Calculator by Aedes Labs
HIV is spread through body fluids, but do you know your risk level for contracting the infection? The HIV Risk Calculator helps you determine personal risks for getting HIV based on sexual habits. Developed by Aedes Labs, this app assesses your sexual activity habits based on gender. The program also asks you for your specific concerns, whether you have an active HIV infection, or you’re concerned about getting the infection from someone else. After making your selections, this free Android app lists your risk factors.
Improving Your Quality of Life
The symptoms of HIV/AIDS only get better with proactive medical care, but these apps can help you find the right tools you need to take charge of your health. Remember that you’re not alone: the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 1.1 million Americans have HIV, and approximately 50,000 new patients are diagnosed every year. While your condition may not be cured, these apps can help improve your quality of life.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- HIV in the United States: At A Glance. (2013, April 23). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 29, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html