Scientists make cheap smartphone dongle for HIV and syphilis testing




Scientists have created a cheap dongle for smartphones, allowing users to test themselves on infection with syphilis or HIV. The dongle takes about fifteen minutes to make a diagnosis.

It is according to the scientists for the first time that a single device combines all medical and electronic functions of a lab test in a portable accessory. The dongle gets its power from the connected smartphone. The hardest element was the aim of replicating the electric pump in the lab equipment. Which pump has been replaced by a ‘one push vacuum’.

The dongle for smartphones also fit on a PC and the material costs are $ 34. Because it requires no other power source is especially useful in countries where power is not available anywhere and anytime, as many developing countries. The dongle is tested in the African country of Rwanda.

The device can recognize an independent blood antibodies against syphilis and HIV and thus demonstrate an infection. When the nurses took blood test with the device, after which they could read through an app results.


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