December 4, 2022

Human immunodeficiency virus services and HIV information will be more accessible with the AwraSafely mobile app, which the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) will roll out this month.

AwraSafely is a platform where a client can choose how to protect themselves from HIV through the provision of different services.

Isa sa mga strategies din natin to provide information about HIV and HIV services is social media that’s why we already launched our mobile application,” PSFI Area Regional Coordinator Mikhail Carreon Taggueg said during the third quarter meeting of the Regional AIDS Assistance Team recently.

Taggueg said they distribute tablets to the facilities on Oct. 12 to 14 for them to have a run-through of the mobile application.

One feature of the AwraSafely App is the HIV Testing Request where clients will have access to different HIV testing modalities, namely community-based screening, facility-based testing, and HIV self-testing.

Clients who are on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment can also request ARV medication but the client must be enrolled in the treatment facility.

They may also request a maximum of 10 condoms and lubricants to their preferred facility through the app.

The AwraSafely also features Online Legal CARE or Community Access to Redress and Empowerment.

Free online legal assistance will be provided to clients in helping them to access justice institutions and redress mechanism.

The app also includes PrEP Request, HIV self-testing result submission, and clients may cancel their request if there is a conflict in schedule or they made a mistake on submitting a request.

“‘Yung app na ‘yun ay hindi lang for HIV testing services. Puwede rin silang makakuha ng proper information tungkol sa HIV and AIDS para ma-lessen ‘yung mga misconceptions,” Taggueg added. Established on Feb. 14, 2020, AwraSafely is more than just an HIV awareness campaign as this weave together the HIV services of the government agencies and non-government organizations at the forefront of HIV response in the country, such as the PSFI, Department of Health, TLFShare, LoveYourself Inc., and UNAIDS. – Debbie E. Gasingan