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Canadian Researchers' Device May Improve HIV Tracking

December 16, 2011

Canadian researchers are hoping to bring a small, cheap blood cell analyzer to HIV patients living in the developing world. The on-the-spot HIV blood testing device can monitor whether the disease has progressed, and it can be used outside the lab by a trained nurse, according to the team.

"There are tons of stories out there with people that walk half a day to a clinic to get blood [drawn], and that sample gets taken by bicycle or by truck to a bigger urban center," said team leader Rakesh Nayyar of the University of Toronto's University Health Network. "And then they've got hundreds of tests, so they don't get to the tests for days. You don't get results [because] to disseminate the data takes a long time."

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