Scientists in London have been given a £2 million grant to develop a self-monitoring device for HIV sufferers. The device itself will be similar to the blood-testing devices used by diabetics and will monitor HIV levels, alerting the user about impending flare ups or if they need to see a doctor.

NHS consultant Dr Ann-Maria Goretti said that it will be particularly useful if: “patients neglect to take their treatments or need prompting to see their GP, the device will provide a simple way of letting them know”.

And added that: “It will really empower HIV patients to keep a close eye on their health and their treatments.”

As well as monitoring sufferer’s condition and reducing regular visits to the doctor, this new device can be a benefit to developing countries, where there is a genuine need for fast and affordable ways to monitor HIV patients.

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