Conventional HIV test takes much time to be conducted – from one week to two or three months. However, the U.S. scientists have recently developed a technology that will detect presence of the virus in the blood in just 30 minutes.
This is done with only one drop of blood. The test itself is a card for a blood sample. Its sensors detect the presence of antigen and HIV antibodies. However, the developers specify that it is just a method of preliminary screening. That is, the patient will still have to be tested again in order to get the final verdict from the laboratory after getting a positive test result.
Australia has already approved of the use of this method. Its developers believe that the test is able to reduce the number of infections and make people get tested more often to identify the infection at an early stage.