Sexual health diagnostic procedure could lead to better treatment

Sexual health could be boosted by the findings of a new study which can diagnose the HIV virus at an early stage.

Researchers from Duke University travelled to two locations in Tanzania to trial a new procedure that detects the presence of the HIV virus early and tracks its development without needing low temperatures to do so.

The study's results, which were presented at the fifth HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention conference in South Africa, will mean babies born with the virus can quickly receive treatment that could prolong their lives.

Dr John Bartlett, Duke Global Health Institute associate director for research, commented: "Dried blood spots offer the advantage of not requiring cold storage.

"Before using it for care and treatment programs, it will need further evaluation. But, this is the largest field study of DBS's done to date, and the results appear promising."

Earlier this year the Tanzanian government launched a campaign to make condoms more accessible in an effort to combat HIV and Aids

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