A ‘USB Stick’ That Can Detect HIV Levels
The simple device developed at Imperial College London measures viral load in less than 30 minutes
HIV treatment plans have made incredible strides in recent years, making the infection more manageable than before. However, it is still a very serious illness that requires a great amount of monitoring. One recent development made by Imperial College London and DNA Electronics has the potential to assist the over 30 million infected by the lentivirus.
Current mainstream tests used to detect HIV levels often take days or even weeks to yield results—never a good thing when dealing with matters of life and death that are greatly dependent on time. But this small device that happens to look like a USB, gives speedy feedback, and the process itself is very simple.