Smartphone App Can Detect HIV, Syphilis In 15 Minutes
Researchers at Columbia University say a $34 dongle and smartphone app can help detect the diseases and share the information with doctors.By Matt Moreno | February 5, 2015
We don't suggest you skip your next doctor's appointment, but researchers have found a new way to detect HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes — from your home.
From anywhere, actually. Researchers at Columbia University's Engineering School have developed a new smartphone app that can detect HIV and syphilis with a finger prick.
The researchers came up with a dongle — an accessory that attaches to your smartphone or computer — that uses an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). ELISA is basically a test used to detect antigens — proteins the viruses produce — in the body. (Video via YouTube | Biology / Medicine Animations HD)