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New Test Aims to Make AIDS Diagnosis Easier

A new device intends to make diagnosing AIDS easier and more accessible for people in developing countries. The instrument would eliminate the need for expensive equipment and highly trained staff, resources that are not available in many areas where the HIV epidemic is most severe. HIV kills by destroying a particular type of disease-fighting white blood cells called CD4+ T lymphocytes. Full-blown AIDS sets in when patients’ CD4 counts fall below a critical level and they are unable...

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