Super Saliva Test
Ultrasensitive PCR powers an oral fluid assay for earlier HIV diagnosis
William Aryitey |
The advent of antiretroviral therapies to control HIV and the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis has turned a once-terminal illness into a relatively manageable disease when caught early enough. But although great strides have been made to curb the virus, 36.7 million people worldwide currently live with HIV – nearly half of whom are unsure of the status of their infection (1). Clearly, without access to adequate testing, it’s difficult for both patients and the medical community to keep track. And that’s why Carolyn Bertozzi and her team decided to develop a highly sensitive HIV assay for saliva (2).
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