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Sciences and Technologies Allied to Fight HIV

Today is World AIDS Day. HIV is one of the most destructive pandemics in history. It killed more than 35 million people since it has been identified in 1984. It remains today one of the biggest challenge for scientific to find a way to fight the disease. Can technology help them in their fight? Yes. And this is how:

Helping identify people with positive HIV and give them the cares they need

Vodafone Foundation is running a program that enable travelling clinics to access patients in remote areas thanks to a smartphone app designed for healthcare professionals to track patients in remote areas. When people are identified as HIV positive, they are immediately registered with the M-Pesa mobile money service and receive funds so that they can pay for transport to a treatment centre. At the same time, their details are recorded (via mobile) on a central database so that their future treatment and care can be planned and recorded.

Enlightening how the virus works so the drugs can be more efficient

A group of researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain, have developed a new technology that sheds light on the HIV infection and offers a first glance at the expression landscape of the HIV in the human genome.

Accompanying people in their own treatment

Scientists in Imperial College London and DNA Electronics created a device that can detect HIV thanks to a drop of blood and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device. This could be used by patients to monitor their own treatment.

Scientists and technology workers are working hand to hand every day to make science progress. Technology can help in many fields, not only on science but also on human prevention and accompanying through the disease by bringing together patients and their families into a support community.

References

Vodafone Foundation - http://allafrica.com/stories/201611300607.html

Genomic Regulation Research - http://www.news-medical.net/news/20161123/Scientists-develop-new-technology-that-sheds-light-on-HIV-infection.aspx

Imperial College London and DNA Electronics Blood Testing Device - http://www.news-medical.net/news/20161110/New-technology-uses-USB-stick-to-monitor-HIV-in-bloodstream.aspx

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