According to its own statements, an Israeli company wants to bring the world’s first saliva pregnancy test onto the market. The product of the startup company Salignostics is to be presented at the medical technology trade fair Medica (November 15 to 18) in Düsseldorf, which starts on Monday. The Salistick basically works in a similar way to a conventional urine pregnancy test.
For the saliva test, however, an absorbent stick must first be put into the mouth and then into a narrow test container. Within minutes, one stripe for not pregnant and two stripes for pregnant appear on an advertisement. According to the manufacturer, the saliva test can be used from the first day of a missed period. Accordingly, it has a sensitivity of 95 percent and a specificity of 97 percent. The sensitivity indicates how well a test detects a pregnancy. The specificity is how many women who are not pregnant are recognized as such.