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The Smartphone Accessory that can detect HIV and Syphilis

Researchers in Columbia University, New York City develop a smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis in just a matter of 15 minutes.

This device is the first smartphone accessory that replicates the functions of a laboratory-based blood test. It can detect infectious diseases through a finger prick blood test.

The device was tested in Rwanda. Compared to the results of the standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or ELISA testing, it was found out to have nearly accurate results. The smartphone test has a sensitivity of 92 to 100 percent and had a specificity of 79 to 100 percent.

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