Smartphone accessory allows for fast HIV, syphilis diagnosis

February 5, 2015 2:57 PM

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A new, low-cost smartphone accessory allows healthcare professionals to return HIV and syphilis diagnoses in less than 15 minutes, and it could be programmed to detect other sexually transmitted diseases.

The device, which attaches to a smartphone, uses a pinprick to collect a small blood sample. The sample is analyzed for three biomarkers using a process called an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

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