In as little as 15 minutes this new innovation that plugs into a smartphone can diagnose for HIV or syphilis and only costs $34 to make. This lightweight, low power device requires just a finger-prick of blood. A traditional lab test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, costs thousands of dollars.
The implications for this device are huge and Samuel Sia, head of the research team that developed the device believes it could lead to faster treatment for children of mothers with HIV. He said. “If you diagnose and treat them on the spot, you can save the life of a newborn… If it’s not treated, you can have stillbirth.”
Even though there is an immediate need for quick tests for HIV & other illnesses in areas of Africa and the developing world, Sia thinks the test has practical applications in the U.S. and Europe as well. To track patient’s risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease for example.
According to UNICEF, even though great strides have been made in reducing HIV rates in African countries, there are still 17.1 million people living with the virus in eastern and southern part of the continent. Early detection and treatment can be delivered to pregnant women and children by this little hand-held smartphone app.
Science Daily reports that it apparently doesn’t take much training to learn how to use the device and patients said they would recommend it because it’s easy to use.
Read Article (Kim Lyons | bustle.com | 02/05/2015)
Saving life is the ultimate task for any innovation, together with a little tech-skill this device could give medicine the upper hand with AIDS.
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