Viiv and NAPWHA launch a free app to help Australians with HIV which could help improve medicines compliance
ViiV Healthcare in collaboration with the National Association of People with HIV Australia today are launching MyLife+, a new, free mobile app with tools and resources to support Australians living with HIV to take more control over their health and wellbeing, and manage their overall quality of life.
The app’s launch will be supported by a national advertising and promotional campaign, featuring Australians living with HIV talking about their participation in the design of the app to make it a useful tool for positive people.
For the estimated 27, 1501 Australians currently living with HIV, the outlook for their condition is vastly different from what it was 20 years ago. Advances in treatments have transformed HIV infection into a chronic, but manageable condition.
The lifespan of a person living with HIV, and accessing antiretroviral therapy, is now comparable to the lifespan of someone not living with HIV.
Robert Mitchell, Vice-President of NAPWHA, is one of 10 people living with HIV who is taking part in the national MyLife+ promotional campaign.
“When I was first diagnosed with HIV in 1993 I was given three to five years to live, but like many people with HIV, I’m here today because of the new and highly effective treatments that have been developed,” Mitchell says.
“As someone living with HIV today, I’m confident that I can live into old age with my condition, but I’m also aware that I need to take care of my health and remain consciously aware of how my health is progressing, that’s really important.
“Managing a chronic condition can be complex, both physically and emotionally. NAPWHA is supporting MyLife+ because it is the first app of its kind to help people navigate the HIV journey through to old age, encouraging users to remain happy, healthy and connected to others.”
With appropriate treatment, people living with HIV are able to live long and healthy lives, but there is still a need to address challenges that can affect their quality of life. Stigma continues to be a serious and negative factor of HIV, which often leads to health issues, and mental health concerns.
Many Australians living with HIV also experience some difficulties with taking treatment, including remembering to take their pills on time and managing their symptoms. It is these issues that challenge an individual’s ability to remain mentally and physically well, and stay connected to their community.
With unique digital features including blood results, medications, and quality of life trackers, a flexible journal for recording moods and symptoms, and shareable health progress reports, MyLife+ supports Australians living with HIV to manage and keep track of their health and wellbeing now and into the future.
App users will be able to print out or email reports to their healthcare providers, to assist and improve conversations with their doctors, nurses and other care providers.