HIV, syphilis test? There could soon be an app for that

February 6, 2015 9:42 PM

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Biomedical engineers at Columbia University have developed a dongle, a piece of hardware that attaches to the headphone jack of iPhones and other smartphones, that in this case serves the purpose of being a do-it-yourself HIV test.

This could revolutionize the way sexually active people test themselves for HIV and other sexually transmitted disease. This dongle contains a one-time-use cassette which screens blood for markers of HIV and syphilis using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

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