Viral Diagnostic Technology
Viral load tests are imperative for effective HIV treatment monitoring. Currently, laboratory-based viral load tests are too expensive, are too time-intensive, and require too much infrastructure to be accessible in resource-limited settings, where a majority of people living with HIV reside. Current approaches to creating point-of-care viral load tests have revolved around miniaturizing lab-based tests, but this technology remains too expensive. Our solution utilizes microfluidics and electrochemistry for the capture and quantification of whole HIV on-chip. This approach reduces the need for expensive equipment and has the potential to increase access to viral load tests globally.