The TB blood test: More accurate and less stressful! #TBBloodTest

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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.

When my daughter was about 9, we got some alarming news from her pediatrician. She tested positive for TB.

That’s not exactly news you’re prepared to hear. I’d always felt like the TB skin test was a formality, something you were just required to do…certainly not something you needed to be concerned about.

Getting a positive TB test is alarming. You worry. You might even panic. What does this mean? How did it happen? What’s the treatment? Will she recover? What are the long-term effects? It’s downright frightening.

She had to get follow-up tests, of course, in order to proceed with the next steps. And that’s when we were informed that her initial TB skin test had resulted in a false positive. She didn’t have TB. What a relief — but how frustrating and stressful!

The TB blood test, it turns out, is the only available TB test that is completely objective. It helps diagnose TB and is significantly more scientifically advanced than the 110-year-old skin test. The TB skin test is subjective, and open to visual interpretation. The TB blood test is far more accurate and reliable.

When you undergo a TB skin test, you have to visit the doctor a second time to be examined. If you are infected with TB, the test site (where the tuberculin was injected) will show a raised lump. But — and this is a big but — a previous TB vaccination will likely result in a false positive. Those individuals can also experience severe itching at the test site.

 

Instead, you could get accurate results in one visit with the TB blood test, which results in less wasted time, less stress, and more peace of mind.

With the TB blood test, you’ll get the most accurate test for TB — and no cross reaction with a TB vaccination. Only 3ml of blood is needed for the test, regardless of age or immune status. Only one visit to the doctor — and only reliable results!

This just makes sense. I have two choices — and if one is accurate and reliable, why would I opt for the one that is not? I wouldn’t!

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