The $34 Phone Accessory That Tests For HIV and Syphilis

Researchers have developed a device that runs antibody tests in less than 30 minutes.

Columbia University researchers have developed a smartphone attachment that can test for HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes—and all it takes is a prick of the finger. The device—called a dongle—connects to an iPhone or iPad through the audio jack, and it can basically execute the same function as a lab-quality blood test. In this case, it performs a biochemical test that detects and measures the presence of HIV or syphilis antibodies in the blood. This is the first time this kind of detection process has been consolidated into a single-test format.

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