New TB Blood Testing Available
I remember having to take TB tests when I was starting college. It was required for students wanting to live in the dorms. Back then the test was a skin test. You would go to the doctor’s office and get a needle stick that was somewhat under your skin. Then you have to wait three days to return for the results, if nothing happened at the injection site you were fine however if there was a bump or swelling then you required additional testing. I’ve never had a skin test come back positive but I’ve heard horror stories of people who did and it ended up being nothing at all.
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My daughter has a skin condition that makes it difficult for her to have any skin tests done. She would almost be guaranteed to end up with a false positive test. Thanks to medical advances I don’t have to worry about that anymore in regards to my daughter. The TB Blood Test only requires a little stick and it’s much more accurate than the traditional skin test. No more waiting three days, trying to keep track of the injection site and going back to the doctor’s office for a five second read of the results. This new way of testing saves time while helping to shave lives, according to the graphic every 21 seconds someone dies of TB. I like knowing there is an easier way to get results you can trust.
The TB Blood Test can help diagnose tuberculosis (TB) infection and is a major scientific advance over the 110-year-old skin test, giving greater accuracy and a more reliable result. This blood test is the only available method of testing for TB with completely objective results. Other tests, such as the traditional skin test, are subjective and open to visual interpretation. Did you know a previous TB vaccination is likely to cause a false-positive result and individuals may also experience severe itching at the puncture site? The TB blood test allows you to get accurate results in just one visit leading to meaningful benefits – more ease, more time, more certainty.
By using the TB blood test you get:
- The most accurate test for TB infection – no cross reaction with a previous TB vaccination
- Only a 3ml draw of fresh blood – irrespective/regardless of patient age/immune status
- The convenience for you and your patient of just 1 visit
To learn more visit the TB Blood Test website and see what others are staying about this new test. So next time you need to get a test done ask your doctor about the blood test instead of the skin test.