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Hurray for a new, faster, more accurate #TBBloodTest!

by Paula on October 4, 2015

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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.

 

TB Infographic

 

Many moons ago, when I was about to start kindergarten, my mom dutifully took me to the local health department (there were no pediatricians in rural SC then so that’s where we had routine immunizations and tests performed) to have my necessary boosters and tests.

My little arm was injected with a tiny amount of tuberculin and my mom was told to bring me back within the prescribed 48-72 hours to have the test read.

I’m sure you can guess where this is leading.  Yep, my test was deemed positive.  I then was prescribed a course of medication to eradicate any tuberculosis cooties I might have had.  And now, when I apply for a job within certain fields, I have to present my certified letter and TB card showing that I’ve been successfully treated for TB.  What fun.

All of that to be able to tell you how thrilled and excited I am that there is a new TB test that uses a blood sample.  A definitive test.  A completely objective test.  Not one that relies on someone’s subjective measurement of a whelp/lump.  Because it’s completely possible to have a false positive test result.  To have a lump because the site itches and you had to scratch it!  (and you know a 5 year old is completely able to ignore itches!)

And did I mention that this new blood test is a one-visit deal?  Only one visit to the doctor, not two, and we all know how much time a doctor’s visit can take.  Oh, the hassle and aggravation.  And that’s just you.  What if you’re taking in a child or two? Yep, the blood test sounds like a splendid idea.

TB Blood TestI’m sure my mother would have much preferred the TB blood test when I needed it.  Definitely I know I would have chosen it for Ariel if we had needed it.  Interested in finding out more about the TB Blood Test?  Check out the TB Blood Test website here.

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