Monday, November 8, 2010

Technological Breakthrough: UK Physicians Developing an STD Test Kit for Cell Phones

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In an attempt to cut the UK’s rising rates of herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, British health officials say that sexually-transmitted infections will soon be able to be diagnosed by placing urine or saliva on a computer chip, plugging it into their cell phones or computers, and getting results within minutes.
Seven sources, including the Medical Research Council, have pumped more than $6 million into the UK Clinical Research Collaboration to fund the project, according to The Guardian.
“Your mobile phone can be your mobile doctor,” said Dr. Tariq Sadiq, a physician in sexual health and HIV at Saint George’s University of London, who is leading the project. “It diagnoses whether you’ve got one of a range of STIs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, and tells you where to go next to get treatment.”

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