Handheld HIV Test To Revolutionize The Way Disease Is Diagnosed
April 2, 2010
The device was created at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in California, and is sure to revolutionize the way testing is done, especially in areas like Africa or Asia, where currently the epidemic has more or less non-existent monitoring.
Because the device is so small, it can be easily put into a backpack, or even a pocket. This will work wonders for those relief workers and health officials in African and other regions, allowing for quick testing to be done on those at high risk for catching the devastating disease.
The test works by taking a drop of blood that can be taken from a prick of a finger, similar to some diabetes testers.
When the blood is placed on the slide a laser scans it, which then allows the reader to identify cells by the way light hits or penetrates them.
The device is not currently being sold, but researchers hope to see the first incarnation available on the market by 2012.