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New Ring Devices to Diagnose Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Published on : Aug 25, 2015

Mexican Ernesto Rodriguez Leal introduced a ring, ‘Hoope’, which has the ability to find out sexually transmitted diseases STD such as gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, and chlamydia. Hoope is a portable medical device, which is inbuilt with a disposable cartridge and a telescopic needle, which sends the collected data directly to a smartphone device in no time. As per Rodriguez Leal, the results collected in the smartphones will be kept confidential. In case of positive reports, the device maps will direct the patients to medical experts, in nearby location, to avail suitable treatments. The ring is planned to be manufactured in China and is forecast to be made available in the market in January 2016. Mexico will be the first target area, followed by rest of the Latin America, U.S., and Europe. 

According to a study, every year, around 500 million people from across the globe, are diagnosed with one of the four sexually transmitted diseases. Around 50% of the affected people fall in the age range of 15 to 23 years. The issue is, 75% of the affected people fail to detect early symptoms and so feel the need to take support from early detection strategies. 

The Hoope project was developed at Silicon Vally in a Mexican startup company. Ernesto Rodriguez Leal, a PhD in mechanical engineering, said that the Hoope ring is to be worn properly in the finger for conducting a test. The needle of the ring draws blood once it is activated. Hoope is supported by an anesthetic system, which generated numbness to prevent the pain when the needle is punctured. 

The Hoope ring will be used as a home diagnosis tool that collects blood for the required test and distributes it in four microfluidic channels. Currently, the manufacturers of Hoope ring are taking efforts to use the device for detecting cancer, pregnancy, and other allergies, along with sexually transmitted diseases.