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Low Cost Diagnostics for HIV in Developing Countries

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The global HIV pandemic is estimated to currently infect 35 million people and 25% of people with HIV in the UK are unaware of their infection. 

The enormous scale of the HIV pandemic means there is a desperate need for early detection systems to prevent the spread of this infection. This is driving the development of new mobile phone-connected technologies to test and track HIV in resource-limited settings and feed into global health surveillance systems. 

Led by Professor Molly Stevens, Flagship 4 is carrying out early-stage research to develop low-­cost nanoparticle­‐paper microfluidic tests, to  detect  ultra‐low levels  of  HIV  biomarkers. Microfluidic chips will be connected with mobile phones, allowing testing in all reaches of society, from a local community centre in East London to resource poor communities in rural South Africa. Results will be  transmitted  to  surveillance  systems  using  mobile phone cameras and low­‐power CMOS. 

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