WHO HTS Info app: from concept to reality

This app provides easy, on-the-go access to current HIV testing services (HTS) guidelines and information on your smartphone or tablet, whether you are online or offline. This story summarizes how the app was developed and highlights its key features and plans.

Why create an app?

WHO conducted pre- and post-test guidelines development surveys for the 2015 “Consolidated guidelines on HTS” and the 2016 supplement “Guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification”. 

The surveys found users wanted the guidelines to be more accessible, especially when they were performing field duties. They also wanted all of WHO’s HTS guidelines and recommendations to be available in one place in a user-friendly format. A mobile phone app was identified as one solution. 

Users thought having the guidelines in an app would allow them to:

  • refer to the guidelines when in the field, even when no internet connection is available
  • cease carrying printed copies of the guidelines in the field
  • always have access to the latest version and newest updates
  • switch translations easily.

In response, the Department of HIV decided to develop an app to bring together WHO’s existing HTS guidance and recommendations in a single and convenient platform.

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