HIV detection tools as cheaply Pregnancy Tests

HIV detection tools as cheaply Pregnancy Tests

HIV detection tools

HIV detection tools as cheaply Pregnancy Tests

Professor Samuel Sia of Columbia University, New York, had a remarkable innovation. He developed a detector that only HIV-cost production of Rp 9,000 and could provide accurate results, close to 100 percent.

The tool was named mChip. The size of a credit card just so it can be taken anywhere. mChip consists of 10 zones of detection, blood sample tubes, liquid silver, gold nanoparticles, and able to detect HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes.

To use mChip, users simply take a blood sample and enter it. Blood samples will be through the tube to flow into the detection zone. After that, the results will be disclosed in the form of colors making it easy to understand.

“The idea of making is developing diagnostic tests that can be accessed by the patient anywhere in the world, rather than forcing them to go to the clinic, taking blood samples and had to wait days to get results,” said Sia as reported by the Daily Mail, Friday (5 / 8 / 2011).

The device has been tested in Kigali, Rwanda. The accuracy of the test reached 95 percent for HIV and 76 percent for syphilis. Looking ahead, Sia plans to test a tool to test the sexually transmitted disease in pregnant women in Africa.

With all the advantages mChip, HIV testing can be as easy and as cheap as the pregnancy test. Only, the psychological impact of knowing the positive and negative HIV-certainly not the same as knowing the pregnancy. Should be considered if it could later be sold freely.



~ by ickerz on 8 August 2011.

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