A More Accurate & Reliable TB Test

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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.

Today I want to talk about something that thirty percent of the world’s population has in common.  They are infected with tuberculosis (TB).  Every twenty-one seconds someone dies from tuberculosis and every three seconds a new infection occurs.

TB Facts

WHAT IS TB? Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne, highly contagious, infectious disease caused by bacteria. These bacteria are spread through the air by a person infected with active TB when they sneeze, cough or even speak, with nearby people breathing it in.  The TB infection is usually chronic and inactive for weeks, months, and even years before becoming active.  When the infection strikes it primarily affects the lungs; however, it can also cause disease in any part of the body, such as the lymph nodes, bones, brain, and eyes.

SYMPTOMS OF TB:  a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or sputum, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever, sweating at night

WHO IS AT RISK?   If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with TB, have a child heading off to college, or have a compromised immune system, you or a loved one may be at risk. TB is especially dangerous to those with compromised immune systems, such as young children or people living with HIV.

TESTING FOR TB:  There are currently two methods to test for TB with the most common being the 110 year old skin test where tuberculin is injected under the skin.  A few days after this initial injection you will need to return for a physical examination to see if a raised lump has developed.  There are a few problems when it comes to the skin test including that is it subjective and open to visual interpretation.  Also having a TB vaccination is likely to cause a false-positive result.  Some individuals experience severe itching at the puncture site.  Plus needing to make two trips to the doctors office so close together can be rather frustrating and time consuming.

Luckily there is another option – the TB blood test.  With the blood test you will receive the most reliable and accurate test for TB infection even if you have been vaccinated for tuberculosis.  This test only requires a 3ml draw of fresh blood regardless of age/immune status.  Plus there is the convenience of a single doctor’s visit and no itching or painful lumps (if positive).

Lilah & Willow at Doctors Office

WHY GET TESTED?  There are many professions that require TB testing – especially in the healthcare field.  It can also be required before moving into dorms when going to college.  There is good news.  If your test delivers a positive inactive TB infection there are effective drugs that can rid your body of the bacteria before it becomes active and turns into TB disease.

Tuberculosis disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.  Let’s do our part to stop that from happening by being proactive in controlling and preventing transmission. The first step is having a simple blood draw.  Be sure to visit the TB Blood Test website for even more information.

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.

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One Response to A More Accurate & Reliable TB Test

  1. It is important to have an accurate TB test.

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