App Alert! These Handy Tools Can Turn a Neat Trick

App Alert! These Handy Tools Can Turn a Neat Trick

We thought our May 29 blog post was pretty darn funny, but on a more serious note, mobile applications are revolutionizing life for HIV and AIDS patients, as well as their caregivers. Schlepping to the library to understand the results of your test? That's so old school. These apps put the latest advances in medicine at your fingertips, and answer just about any question you might have about the disease. Check out some of our picks and tell us about your favorites in the comments section below:

HIV 3D Study. $0.99. Ever wanted to know about the inner workings of an HIV cell? This app shows it to you in 3D, with pins that focus on each part of the HIV cell structure. What's really cool: using your finger to zero in on the cell and rotate it in any direction. It includes a slide encyclopedia about forms of infection and progress of the disease.

HD HIV 1. $0.99. What is a rapid test? What does a "false negative" mean? This encyclopedic app gives you information about tests, treatment and new discoveries at your fingertips. Zoom in and out of text and graphics, or copy and paste from your device to any document or to send by email.

AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary. Free. An app straight from the National Library of Medicine, so you can't go wrong. More than 850 HIV/AIDS terms definted in both English and Spanish. What we like: the ability to toggle between English and Spanish definitions, which makes it handy as a translation tool. iOS and Android.

HIV and Your Heart. Free. The latest info from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of HIV Medicine on living healthy with HIV. Includes a simple health tracking tool. Bonus: settings to preserve confidentiality and password-protect the information you enter.

PositiveSingles. Free. Social networking for people living with herpes, HPV, HIV/AIDS and other STDs. A resource to find matches and friends for dating, marriage, friendship and support in your city.

HIV iChart. Free. What do traffic lights have to do with HIV? Well, this app uses a red-green-amber recommendation system to tell you about potential interactions between anti-HIV drugs and other medications. Bonus: It works offline. iOS and Android.