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New Test Will Diagnose Sexual Diseases via Phones

November 9, 2010

Testing for certain STDs might someday be as easy as putting saliva or urine on a small device similar to a pregnancy testing kit, plugging it into a computer or cell phone, and receiving diagnostic information within minutes. The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and other partners have contributed £4 million (US $6.4 million) toward developing such rapid-test technology through the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

"Your mobile phone can be your mobile doctor," said project leader Dr. Tariq Sadiq, a senior lecturer and consultant in sexual health and HIV at St. George's, University of London. "It diagnoses whether you've got one of a range of [STDs] and where to go next to get treatment."

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