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Fighting HIV/AIDS with… cellphones?

Think for a moment: what happens when you are at out a bar and go to exchange numbers with someone. What number did you just give them? Was it your home phone or your cellphone number? Are the two the same? It is not shocking that the most adults have cellphones, and let’s be serious – a lot of people could not function without them. As noted by a recent American study, cellphones have a variety of uses well beyond making phone calls. cellphones are now used for, among other things: talking, texting, taking and sending pictures/videos, searching the internet, or just playing games.cellphones are a modern invention, only hitting the mass market in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They have come under plenty of scrutiny, particularly for health-related side-effects. There have been numerous studies on the health effects of cellphones, including claims that they may be linked with cancer and social behaviors, although there is still much debate in the scientific community and the conclusions for these hypotheses are still pending.Potential negative side effects aside, in our age, when cellphones are essentially hand-held computers, can they be incorporated instead into improving one’s health? This is a question that researches of UBC have been addressing in the context of treating HIV. That’s right: using a cellphone to help treat HIV.HIV patients must take daily doses of antiretroviral (ARV) medications in order to repress the virus and reduce its likelihood of resistance. As anyone who has taken medication for a long period of time can tell you, it gets rather tiring to continually take pills every day, and even more so when there is no end in sight. But Dr Richard Lester has improved the treatment of HIV patients in Africa by incorporating regular text messaging into the treatment plan.In… Read More