Portable Device Tests for HIV With a Single Drop of Blood

Friday, December 6, 2013

A new technology that provides a complete HIV test and T-cell count in less than 20 minutes could revolutionize how the disease is diagnosed in remote parts of the world.

The study detailing the device, published today in Science Translational Medicine, comes just 24 hours after the release of a report showing that antiretroviral therapy (ART) has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004. Using what the authors say are conservative estimates, computer simulations predicted that an additional 15.1 million years of life will be be saved by 2030 among those receiving the costly treatment in the sub-Saharan nation.

Source: Health Line (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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global health, healthcare technology, HIV/AIDS, rural healthcare delivery