Target: Non-Profit Global Health Organizations
Goal: Advocate the use of sensors that detect sensors that detect HIV earlier and more cheaply in low-income countries
British scientists have created an ultra-sensitive sensor that can determine a positive HIV test with the naked eye. Because it is so sensitive, this new sensor can detect the virus in the very early stage: up to ten times earlier than the current tests. At present, the HIV tests done with saliva are simple and quick, but can only detect the virus once it is in a relatively high concentration.
The sensor is also considerably cheaper than the tests used now. They would be ideal for use in low-income or developing countries where the virus is most devastating and resources for expensive equipment do not exist. There are about 33.2 million HIV-infected people in the world, of which about 22.5 million are in sub-Saharan Africa where the adult infection prevalence is about 6%.
The new HIV sensor runs off of serum, meaning it can be done with a simple blood draw. The results can then be seen with the naked eye; if the disposable container turns red the results are negative, and if it turns blue that means a positive result.
The sensor is also made so it can be reconfigured to detect other diseases and viruses. They have already had successful trials picking up minute traces from some forms of cancer. Early detection of cancer will result in higher survival rates and one day could be linked to the cure for cancer. Scientists say the sensor can eventually be used to test for tuberculosis, malaria, etc. The implications of a test like this could change the world.
Scientists are currently contacting non-profit global health organizations for funding to manufacture the sensors and distribute them to low-income countries. They need all the support they can get. Sign the petition to show support for the development and distribution of this easy-to-use and cheap HIV sensor.
Dear Non-Profit Global Health Organizations,
British scientists have made great strides in the early detections of HIV. They have developed a test in which the results can be seen with the naked eye, but it can also detect the virus up to ten times sooner than current HIV tests. Earlier detection can help lessen the spread of the virus, and can eventually end its existence.
Along with earlier detection, this new sensor is ten times cheaper than the saliva and other tests currently used for HIV. These tests can be used in low-income or developing countries, where HIV is the most prevalent. Not only will this decrease the spreading of HIV, but it could increase the survival rate. The sooner the virus is detected, a better treatment plan can be offered. Please support these scientists with the next step of funding and assisting in the distribution of these sensors to low-income countries.
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