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Apple turns RED to raise visibility for World AIDS Day Apple
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Apple turns RED to raise visibility for World AIDS Day

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Dec 2022, 05:42 pm

Washington: Over the past 16 years, IT major Apple and its customers have been part of the global fight to end AIDS.

Apple’s partnership with (RED) supports the Global Fund, which provides access to healthcare services to millions of individuals in communities most in need in sub-Saharan Africa — including critical work in rural communities, and support for pregnant women and their families.

In the last three years, funding has also been used to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in these communities.

Since 2006, more than a quarter of a billion dollars in Apple-supported grants have helped provide care and support services for over 11 million people and distribute over 197 million HIV tests.

Apple’s support has also helped over 5 million HIV-positive mothers prevent passing the virus on to their babies.

Funding includes support for community health workers like Mama Esther, who deliver compassion, care, and access to treatment to their communities.

For more than 15 years, she has gone from boma to boma (house to house) in the Maasai community in Tanzania, providing in-home health services, encouraging people to visit the local clinic, and helping pregnant women access prenatal and delivery care. Mama Esther is able to do this important work in her rural community in part because of the monthly stipend she receives from the Global Fund.

During one of her community visits, Mama Esther met Neema, who was pregnant and very ill. Mama Esther encouraged her to get tested for HIV at the Mto wa Mbu Community Clinic, where Neema discovered she was positive for the virus. Fortunately, Neema immediately started an antiretroviral treatment — and not long after, she gave birth to an HIV-free baby.

Neema’s story is just one example of the care and support Apple’s customers have enabled.

In honour of World AIDS Day, Apple is offering new ways for customers to continue to support the Global Fund, raise awareness, and learn more about the battle to end HIV/AIDS.

Choose (RED) This Holiday Season

The best range of (PRODUCT)RED products are available this holiday season across iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone SE, and Apple Watch Series 8.
A variety of (PRODUCT)RED accessories are available, including the Silicone Case with MagSafe for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch Sport Loop, Sport Band, and Braided Solo Loop bands. A portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED purchase goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 with (RED).

Raising Visibility

To raise visibility for World AIDS Day, Apple is using its platform and services to highlight the ongoing effort to end HIV/AIDS and create opportunities for its customers to learn more.
Around the world, hundreds of Apple Store locations are marking the day with new window and product displays, making it easy for customers to learn about (PRODUCT)RED and support the Global Fund with their holiday purchases.

On the App Store, customers can learn more about Preppy, an app that helps people affected by HIV by making it easier to track PrEP (or pre-exposure prophylaxis) and maintain full and happy relationships. By taking PrEP on a daily or occasional basis, users can effectively prevent an infection, and the app can assist them in keeping track of PrEP intake, entering PrEP checkups, adding information to a calendar, and storing test results.

In the US, Apple Books features curated collections of books and audiobooks, including nonfiction about the global fight against HIV/AIDS and fiction from around the world. Apple TV app users can explore a compelling collection of shows and movies on the Watch Now tab that shine a light on the human cost of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. And Apple Music features a special selection of music programming, radio episodes, and more for subscribers to recognise the day.

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