New health app launched to help ageing HIV-positive population

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App developers have created a “self-care” health tool for elderly LGBT people. SAGE, a British software company, says the app will help LGBT seniors stay on top of their health, as figures show that 1 in 3 HIV-positive people in UK are aged 50+. In the USA the disproportion is even higher -almost 60% of HIV-positive men are elderly and the number increases.The ‘Health Storylines’ digital app will allow older LGBT users to create a personal “story” for their health. The app was launched on June 5th to mark HIV Long Term Survivors Day. This date marks the anniversary of when – on June 5th 1981 – the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention first publicly discussed its findings on HIV. The free app will remind users to take their medication and will monitor their daily symptoms. The app also allows users to share information on their symptoms and medicine with doctors and other professionals. “We are very excited to launch a new app called SAGE Health Storylines, focusing on the needs of our community by helping HIV older adults to engage in their self-care and make better daily health decisions,” said Diosdado Gica, SAGE’s chief program officer. “It’s incredibly user-friendly and can enhance conversations between app users, their health care providers, and care managers.”

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