Danish researcher invents cheap and simple blood test for HIV patients  

2005.01.12
A Danish researcher has invented a simple and inexpensive blood test which can be used to assess when HIV patients need treatment

A Danish researcher at Hvidovre Hospital, Jesper Eugen-Olsen, has invented a simple and inexpensive blood test which can be used to assess when HIV patients need medical treatment. The invention, suPARnostic, consists of a small plastic plate on which a drop of the patient's blood is placed. Shortly after, a colour reaction develops, which shows how close the patient is to developing AIDS.

 

Jesper Eugen-Olsen says the new test costs one tenth of the price of existing tests. It is simple and can be carried out on the spot, whereas other tests require extensive laboratory facilities, freezers and patients being close to hospitals. These criteria cannot be met for many HIV infected people in countries such as Africa.

 

Kim Teversham, a South African doctor, estimates that suPARnostic will enable about 20% more HIV infected people to be treated due to better use of resources. SuPARnostic has been developed in collaboration with the University of Cape Town, and is expected to be launched in South Africa during this summer. Sales will take place through ViroGates, a biotech firm founded by the inventor.

 

WHO estimates that 42 million people are infected with HIV virus. Every day 8,000 AIDS sufferers worldwide die due to lack of access to treatment. The news is reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

 

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