What is it and how does it work?

Author: Lesego Leso


Scientists have been at it again trying to think of ways to better ourselves as a human species and one of the ways of doing this is to target pandemic such as HIV. Now they have invented a Smartphone attachment that tests for HIV and other STDs. This attachment commonly referred to as a dongle is said to be a huge step in the fight against HIV. In poor areas across the globe it is hard to gain access medical care for example in remote parts of Africa and the Amazon forest, having the dongle it will be much easier to test people there than for them to travel long distances to a clinic to test for this virus.

The dongle gets attached to a smartphone and draws power from it, the testing process takes relatively about 15 minutes and it is said that it is easy to use and they tested it on volunteers if they will be able to use it and after 30 minutes of explaining and teaching people how to use it, they grasped the concept and understood it clearly which is fantastic, the dongle is relatively cheap to make this is a bonus that makes it the more ideal choice when it comes to manufacturing technology to test for HIV.

Innovation is something that can’t be stopped, it shouldn’t be stopped, it must be encouraged so that many more gadgets such as the dongle can be made so we can be better ourselves as the human race.





For whom/societal impact

Author: Thomas Ditchfield


The HIV Testing Smartphone Attachment, or ‘The Dongle’ to which it is also referred, is a dongle that is attached to a smartphone used to test one’s HIV status. Firstly, it is important to understand for whom ‘The Dongle’ is relevant and useful, and secondly, its potential societal impact.

The HIV Testing Smartphone Attachment can be used by any person who uses a smartphone. Although Africa consists of many developing countries, the percentage of smartphone users is continuously growing, and sadly, so too is the percentage of HIV+ people in Africa. ‘The Dongle’ makes it a possibility for many people, predominantly between the ages of 14 to 59, to get knowledge of their HIV status by way of a far more efficient way of testing as opposed to visiting a clinic and waiting for not only queues, but also results.

When it comes to the potential societal impact of the HIV Testing Smartphone Attachment, there are many positive outcomes that could consequently result. ‘The Dongle’ can play a major role in the economic aspect of society as it is projected to save millions of US dollars annually on testing methods. ‘The Dongle’ allows a person to test their status by themselves and this will save countries by limiting the amount of money that has to be budgeted to testing processes (such as the actual testing equipment used). The HIV Testing Smartphone Attachment also allows for early treatment as smartphone users are more likely to regularly test their HIV status because it is far more convenient than visiting a clinic. This early treatment will then have a ripple effect and regulate the overall spread of HIV because more people will know their status and can consequently prevent passing on the virus to other people.

The HIV Testing Smartphone Attachment can save the economies of many countries huge amounts of money spent on testing processes, which can instead be put towards finding a cure to the virus; and ‘The Dongle’ can also play a huge role in the regulation of HIV around the world.





 Survey and analysis of survey

Author: Thomas Ditchfield 1057225

Co-Author: Lesego Leso 1258999

After receiving 50+ responses on the survey, there are a few main outcomes to identify:

Apart from 1 person, everyone who took the survey was currently living in Africa and between the ages of 14-24. Most people felt that they would actually use the HIV Smartphone Attachment. They also felt that price of ‘The Dongle’ was also fairly important in considering using the gadget.


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