AVAILABLE IN A FEW YEARS
This iPhone-powered HIV lab could play an important role in diagnosing disease. “Our dongle presents new capabilities for a broad range of users, from health care providers to consumers,” Sia said. “By increasing detection of syphilis infections, we might be able to reduce deaths by 10-fold. And for largescale screening where the dongle's high sensitivity with few false negatives is critical, we might be able to scale up HIV testing at the community level with immediate antiretroviral therapy that could nearly stop HIV transmissions and approach elimination of this devastating disease.”
Unfortunately, it will be a few years before it will go on sale. Sia said they still need to develop the device further to increase its robustness and to obtain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Of course, other countries will regulate the device as well, though their review processes will take less time than the FDA's.