Mobile Apps & Resources: AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines


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AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines


AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines


Catherine Hana (SHA) & Rachel Zhao (AHS

Version reviewed

Version 1.1.4 (iOS); 1.0.5 (Android)

Device & OS used

iPad Air 2 iOS 12.1.1; Google Pixel 2, Android 8.0.0, Oreo 

Date of review

January 17, 2019 & January 8, 2019



Image Source: AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Apple App Store. ‚ÄčRetrieved on February 5, 2019 from

App developer

Company Name:
National Library of Medicine





iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
iOS 9.1 or later

Last updated (as per App Store listing):September 29, 2018


Android 4.0 and up

Last updated (as per Google Play listing): December 4, 2018


Country of origin

United States




27.1 MB for iOS; 6.7 MB for Android



Not specified 



Health care providers, and researchers working with HIV/AIDS patients.


Stated Purpose  

“The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines app provides mobile access to the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. These clinical guidelines offer recommendations approved by expert panels for the treatment of adult, adolescent, pediatric, and perinatal HIV infection, as well as recommendations for the treatment of HIV-related opportunistic infections in adults, adolescents, and children.”

Info found in App Store or Google Play. 




Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

Five of the six guidelines contains an editorial panel roster where names and affiliations are provided. The last updated date and last reviewed date are in the “What’s New in the Guidelines?” section.

Information on the grading system is available in the guidelines section on the AIDSinfo’s website. Pediatric Opportunistic uses a modified GRADE. The other five use another grading system. 

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries



Organization      of Information


• Access to 6 federal guidelines on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections
• Five of the six guidelines provide options to view brief version, full version, tables or recommendations only



• Search feature that allows user to quickly find relevant information within a specific guideline
• Spell suggest feature (for searching) available when users are connected to wireless or using cellular data



• Bookmark feature that allows user to mark a frequently visited sections
• Custom notes feature allows users to save a comment about any section of the guideline
• The app’s Home has a “VIEW MORE GUIDELINES” button which links to the guideline page on the AIDSinfo website.

Internet connection required for use: No
Text search field: Yes; Browsable content by subject: YesAdvertisements: No; Pop-up advertisements: NoIn-app purchases: No