Scientists create smartphone that diagnoses HIV and Syphilis within 15 minutes

February 5, 2015 11:44 PM

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Given the scenario of waiting several days to obtain HIV or syphilis test results, scientists from Columbia University had developed a smartphone accessory that diagnoses sexually transmitted diseases within 15 minutes, notably HIV and syphilis. With just a little jab on your finger, the dongle can confirm if you’re infected with HIV or syphilis among other sexually transmitted infections.

Having been tested in Rwanda where the rate of STDs for mother-to-child infection is pretty high, researchers say it worked perfectly; with the potential to even use it to diagnose STDs in any country of the world. And this means the dongle has the potential to be used in a manner that could transfo...

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