The UNDP / Global Fund project, UNAIDS and the “Partners’ Network” association are developing a mobile application on HIV. Its goal is to provide accessible information on prevention, testing and treatment of HIV. This project was presented during an online conference on December 1st, dedicated to World AIDS Day.
“It’s a unique app because it takes into account the needs and requests of people living with HIV,” said Aibar Sultangaziev, director of the “Partners’ Network” association.
The app, which should help increase HIV awareness and diagnostic, improve adherence to treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART) and give access to online consultations, is being developed both for iOS and Android systems, will be available for free and guarantee anonymity and privacy of the users. It will include the following functions:
· educational material on HIV,
· HIV screening,
· information on ART,
· daily reminders for ART intake and reminders for treatment monitoring,
· the possibility to track your daily health condition and mood,
· the possibility to register your medical information,
· contacts of medical and support services,
· and online consultations with peer consultants, lawyers and health care workers.
Evaluations have shown that a lack of general information on HIV transmission, prevention and treatment, on available medical and support services for people living with HIV, and the existence of myths and risky behavior slow down the country’s efforts to control HIV.
The app is meant to help the country reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target: so that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, so that 90% of people diagnosed with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy (ART), and so that 90% of people on ART reach viral suppression.