Taipei, July 3 (CNA) A local HIV/AIDS support group introduced a smartphone app Tuesday designed to help sufferers take their medication on time.
The free app, touted as the first of its kind in Chinese, not only serves as a medication reminder but also as a notebook that helps patients keep track of their health condition, said Yang Jia-chyi, an official from the Taiwan Lourdes Association, which designed the app.
"The app is designed to make drug-taking easier for people living with HIV/AIDS," Yang said.
"Taking drugs is difficult for this group because they have to take different types of pills at different intervals and doses," she went on.
However, as the app comes with several alarms, users are not confused about which drugs to take, she said.
Other functions include an appointment reminder, a notepad for recording side effects, a telephone book and the latest health information.
"Users are encouraged to make full use of the app by showing the data to their doctors during consultations," she said.
"The app is great because I can include whatever information I want," said a 32-year-old AIDS sufferer who identified himself only as "Ku." He said he is most interested in the app because it can record his virus level.
About 20 percent of local AIDS patients take their medication only intermittently two years into their medication regimens, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.
As of 2011, there were 18,660 people living with HIV/AIDS in Taiwan, 10,681 of whom were receiving medication.
(By Nancy Liu)