You May Now Soon Be Able to Test For HIV Status With This USB Stick

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It shows up everybody may soon have the capacity to test for HIV using a specially made USB stick and a PC. A group of researchers from Imperial College London and DNA electronics have just recently built up a USB stick that takes a drop of blood to detect HIV in around 30 minutes.


At the moment, a standard HIV test takes up to thirty days and requires taking a blood sample to a laboratory center, however this new device is set to wipe out this.

Using only a drop of blood for the HIV test, the pH level detected is converted over to an electric signal that can be read by a PC or handheld device to give desired results. It doesn't simply determine the presence of the virus, it also measures the level of the virus in the blood stream to give patients a chance to monitor their own treatment.

Despite the fact that the HIV-checking USB stick is still a work in progress, this research has already been published in the scientific reports diary, and tests shows that it gives exact results. Dr Graham Cooke, senior author of the research from the Department of Medicine at Imperial
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HIV treatment has dramatically improved over the last 20 years – to the point that many diagnosed with the infection now have a normal life expectancy. However, monitoring viral load is crucial to the success of HIV treatment. At the moment, testing often requires costly and complex equipment that can take a couple of days to produce a result. We have taken the job done by this equipment, which is the size of a large photocopier, and shrunk it down to a USB chip.
It's unclear when this new innovation would become available publicly, however you can read the full report
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