New App Tests for HIV and Syphilis in 15 minutes

Biomedical engineers at Columbia University, led by Dr. Samuel K. Sia, have developed an innovative accessory that can be attached to smartphones for rapid HIV and syphilis testing. This device, called a dongle, can detect and diagnose these two sexually-transmitted diseases in only 15 minutes.

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World AIDS Day: Shipping Containers as Medical Access Points

North Star Alliance is converting shipping containers into “Blue Box” clinics to help fill the current gap in medical access in Africa. Their Roadside Wellness Centres are focused on mobile workers and community members with limited access to medical services, specifically truck drivers, sex workers and people in communities located along transport corridors.

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