Here’s how it works: The “dongle” device takes a prick of blood and tests it to see whether there are a higher-than-normal number of the antibodies that fight HIV and syphilis in the blood. That immune system reaction indicates that the patient is positive, explains Wan Laksanasopin, a biomedical engineering PhD student at Columbia who helped develop the device.
It’s getting easier to manage our health on our own. This could possibly make doctors irrelevant someday, if the majority of people can learn to put their fate in their own hands. If that does happen, what would it mean for medical insurance companies? How do we insure ourselves?
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