This USB stick can measure how much HIV is in the bloodstream.
Scientists have developed a type of HIV test on a USB stick.
The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device. The disposable test could be used for HIV patients to monitor their own treatment.
Furthermore, the technology could enable patients with HIV to be managed more effectively in remote locations.
New research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, shows the device is not only very accurate, but can produce a result in under 30 minutes.
The new technology monitors the amount of virus in the bloodstream. This is crucial to monitoring a patient’s treatment.
The current treatment for HIV, called anti-retroviral treatment…
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