New TB Blood Test – Accurate Results Without The Worry and Waiting

Disclosure: 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. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

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A few of the many occupations I held in the past were in the medical field. For many years I worked as a certified home health aide and in medical offices. Certain positions in the medical field require that employees obtain annual physical as well as a TB skin test, I was subjected to these year after year for countless years. J-bird was required to get one done before he was able to start college. Papa has a TB skin test done annually – he works in the IT department of a hospital.

Every year around the anniversary of his hire date at work, Papa reminds me that he has to get pricked again for the annual TB skin test. Every year I get filled with mixed emotions as we stare at the injection site for the next 48 hours wondering if its positive or not. Every years I get more and more nervous that the doctor reading the result may get it wrong and temporarily prevent Papa from being able to support his family.

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Tuberculosis (TB) spreads through the air and is extremely contagious. All it takes is a breathe in from one sneeze, cough or even a simple conversation with an infected person for anyone to contract TB. It can take from weeks to years for the infection to become active once contracted – you can be infected and not even know it, spreading the infection to your loved ones. 

Mantoux tuberculin skin test Content Providers CDC Gabrielle Benenson Photo Credit Greg Knobloch new TB Blood Test TB Skin Test
Mantoux tuberculin skin test: Content Provider CDC Gabrielle Benenson; Photo Credit Greg Knobloch

Getting tested for TB in the past required a special skin test which injects proteins derived from the bacteria itself. It also meant returning to your doctor’s office for a physical examination of the testing site between 48 but not more than 72 hours after the test was initially administered. The testing site would sometimes be marked with a pen so that the doctor would remember where to look. If you were infected with TB, the site would develop a raised lump – the problem with this is that itchiness (and subsequent itching in the area) could cause the same thing to happen. If you’ve already been vaccinated against TB, your result could easily show as a false-positive.

New TB Blood Test

With the new TB blood test you no longer have to worry about a cross reaction with a previous vaccination, it eliminates the need for a second follow-up visit to read the result, and only requires 3ml of blood – which can be combined with any annual physical blood draw! The new TB blood test gives you the accurate results you need to get on with your life with peace of mind. There is no mistaking the results, it’s either false or positive, no in-between and more importantly no more worries about a false-positive.

Being that Papa works in a hospital setting I am hoping his next annual TB test will be the new TB Blood Test. He almost forgot to show his results to the doctor last year in a timely fashion, and ALMOST had to redo the test. With the new TB blood test, your results are sent directly to your doctor and you don’t need to waste your precious time returning to the office for a follow-up visit.

Get more info by visiting the official website for the new TB Blood Test and online socially with the hashtag #TBBloodTest.

Disclosure: 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. Image credits noted above where needed courtesy the CDC; all other images noted and credited as needed. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Mama E

Multitasking mama to 3 living in Miami. Blogging about parenting, lifestyle, cooking and traveling. Covering everything from diapers to dorm rooms. Ask me anything, I've done it all.

Comments (3)

  • I had not heard about this yet. I am a nurse and we have always given the Mantoux test. I appreciate you sharing this

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  • My Mom worked in a residence for the mentally disabled, so she used to need a TB test every so often. This would have been a big improvement!

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  • I think this new test is great! I was tested about 12 years ago and it was that pinprick test.

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