HIV Testing via USB Stick, Results Done in 30 Minutes!

Admin | Published 2016-11-12 12:59

HIV Testing can finally be hassle-free and time-friendly. Get it over with. Results are done in 30 minutes with this USB technology.

There is something nerve-wracking in having to go through a health check. The hassle you had to experience and the waiting right after could put you under stress. This USB stick developed by researchers from Imperial College of London and private US firm DNA Electronics could fast track patients' regular health monitoring in their own time. It is similar to the handy technology recently created for diabetes patients.

Photo by Imperial College of London

Graham Cooke who co-led the research said, "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." Patients would no longer have to send their blood samples to laboratories and wait for days for the results. This USB stick would be able to do the same without involving logistics. This USB stick can accommodate HIV testing for patients in remote places like in sub-Saharan Africa, where majority of those who are HIV-infected are from. The HIV testing via the USB only requires a drop of blood placed onto an area on the USB stick. An HIV sample triggers a change in acidity then transformed into an electrical signal by the chip. 991 Sample tests were ran and it had been proven to be 95 percent accurate. The test ran in an average of 20.8 minutes.  
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