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Newest TB Tests Get More Efficient, Less Painful, and More Accurate

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 

 I have never had a TB (tuberculosis) test. But my husband, who has worked in healthcare, has. The test itself used to be quite literally, a pain. You would have to make an appointment to get the test, then go back in later to see if it caused a lump or rash at the site.  Quite often it was tough to schedule the two appointments at times that would work. Not only was it an aged test developed over 110 years ago, it could cause false positives and yucky skin itching -- which is no fun for anyone!

Instead of the skin tests that our parents grew up with, I'm excited about a new option that's a simple blood test.  The new TB test lets you find out in one visit whether you're carrying an TB infection; unlike the dated skin test, a previous TB vaccination won't cause invalid results. This means you can get tested one time without returning for a 2nd test, and you're not relying on interpretation of a physical skin characteristics to determine the outcome. With families being as busy as we are, who has time for that?

If you need to get a TB test for your own health or for the health of those around you (perhaps in your medical or teaching job), then here are the benefits of the newest test for TB:

  • It's accurate, and a previous TB vaccination won't cause false results
  • Only a tiny bit of blood is needed -- just 3ml! The same amount of blood is needed for all patients.
  • One visit gets it done. How convenient!
Tuberculosis may be an old disease, but it's still hanging around. In fact, a new infection happens every 3 seconds, and someone dies from it every 21 seconds!  With 30% of the world infected with this disease, it's important to be aware of new treatments and tests, especially if you work with at-risk populations.

If you have an upcoming TB test to take, I encourage you to discover the benefits of the new TB Blood Test. Let us know what you thought!

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