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The first cases of HIV/AIDS were recognized over three decades ago. At the time, information about the virus was sparse, stored away in researchers’ notebooks and floppy disks. Many patients never revealed their disease to those closest to them, much less to the wider community.

Today, treatment advances, reliable information, and early diagnoses have increased life expectancy and dramatically reduced the social stigma of HIV. The apps reviewed here are an important part of hope and healing for anyone touched by HIV. Download, use, and share one (or more) of these seven apps for better health.

HIV ATLAS

Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

The fight against HIV has been advanced by the hard work of thousands of people who have made reliable disease information available. HIV ATLAS brings together both online and offline resources so anyone can stay current with the latest news and research.

This app sends information, collected through a devoted team of volunteers, to nearly a million subscribers daily. Aiming to “collect, collate, classify, and disseminate information,” HIV ATLAS is a useful tool for anyone interested in HIV research.

GoodRx

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Everyone enjoys saving money on prescription drugs, so it’s no surprise that the GoodRx app is so popular. GoodRx compares drug prices between pharmacies, provides savings tips for thousands of prescriptions, and includes a pill identifier with photos of more than 3,000 drugs. Look up coupons, hand your device to your pharmacist, and start saving today.

The Body

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Learning you or a loved one has HIV is frightening. While treatments and longevity have dramatically improved, information and a strong community are critical to good health. The Body is the complete resource on HIV/AIDS.

With a mission to improve the lives of anyone touched by HIV, this app includes the latest news, research, and personal stories. Information is sorted by special information for HIV high-risk groups. The Body is recommended for anyone in need of HIV treatment news and community support. 

AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides this top-rated app for learning any HIV- or AIDS-related term. With a database of more than 700 definitions, the terms are easy to understand and are also available in Spanish. This is the perfect app for patients, students, and healthcare providers who want to learn the complex words used in this area of healthcare.

The app also includes an audio feature so you can learn how to pronounce each term, and a "random" button so you can quiz yourself on any definition.

HIV Risk Calculator

Android rating:
4 stars Free

Thinking that you may have been exposed to the HIV virus through sexual activity can leave your mind racing. Although it’s no substitute for professional medical help, the HIV Risk Calculator can ease your fears or tell you when you should seek help.

This easy-to-use app identifies the probabilities associated with HIV sexual transmission. It's a good way to learn about the risk levels associated with your sex life. It also provides safe sex tips based on the latest recommended best practices and where and how to get tested for HIV. HIV Risk Calculator can tell you where to get tested and help you understand your test results.

Care4Today

iTunes rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Taking multiple medications at different times throughout the day can be confusing and frustrating to track. Care4Today aims to alleviate that stress. You can use it to track your medication schedule or the medication schedule of family members or loved ones. You can then graph and share these results to stay informed on how well you are adhering to your schedule.

Care4Today even has a built-in function called Care4Charity, so you can support charities that empower others in medical need.

HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

Anyone looking for HIV services and testing sites will love this app. Created by AIDS.gov and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this app is the first of its kind to use location-based searching to show you nearby service providers on a map.

Features include searching for testing services, health centers, and more. There’s even a search tool for housing providers.

Fight the Good Fight

Over 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to AIDS.gov. These apps don’t replace the best treatment, information, or a dynamic community, but they can help provide them. Most importantly, they provide hope that HIV will someday be history.

Methodology

We selected these HIV apps based on their potential to aid people with HIV and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to HIV and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with HIV more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the apps unless otherwise indicated.