This week a group of researchers came out with what could be a lifesaving test for babies and infants. Health experts agree that syphilis is a significant risk for newborns in many under developed countries and for a variety of reasons they have never been able to effectively test for or treat the disease. Fortunately the new test is not only more accurate and more readily available, it is also significantly cheaper.
The entire purpose of the research program was to find or develop a cheaper alternative to current syphilis testing and that is exactly what they did. The new syphilis test is expected to cost no more than a dollar per test which means millions of them could quickly and easily be distributed to pregnant women in under developed countries. By effectively testing in these areas doctors would be able to at least begin some sort of treatment which many analysts say would likely be able to save the lives of millions of babies each and every year.
At this point the test is completely finished and the design is finalized so it all comes down to actual manufacturing. It will likely be at least a few months before the tests are being produced or distributed but experts are hopeful that in a relatively short time period the test will be available to those that so desperately need in all around the world.