*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'm not one of those people who minds having blood drawn or getting shots. As long as I don't have to watch the needle go into my arm, I'm pretty much good. I wasn't always this way, though.
It all started when I joined the Navy and in the first few days, was injected with a whole cocktail of immunizations and blood tests that I couldn't name them then or now! Two shots I'll never forget. One, the penicillin shot, where you have to bend over and pull down your pants. They inject that sucker right into your cheek and it hurts.
The other shot was the Tuberculosis (or TB) test. This one was memorable because it's injected into your arm, leaving a raised bump. You then have two to three days to make another visit to your doctor so that they can check it and determine if you are infected or not. It's hugely inconvenient, but then, so is having tuberculosis and passing it on to other around you.
Most people don't realize just how contagious Tuberculosis is - especially the people from my generation who've not had to deal with it on a massive scale, thanks to life-saving vaccinations.
Every 21 seconds, someone, somewhere dies of Tuberculosis. This is serious stuff, people!
And so, I have faithfully gone for my check-ups and tests, as painstaking and time-consuming as it is. After all, this is the same test that my parents and their parents took. In fact, it's 110 years old. Tried and true, right?
Except that no, it's not always that accurate. False positives are not uncommon and many people (myself included) report feeling itchiness at the injection site. Diagnosis is open to interpretation, leading to even more false positives. Add to that the inconvenience of the whole ordeal, and it makes you think that someone should make a change.
Luckily, we aren't the only ones who thought so.
A new blood test has been developed, allowing for much more accurate results, less false positives, and only one visit to the doctor! They only need 3 mL for testing (less than the amount that fits in one of those little test tubes). Sounds like a winner to me!
It's easier than ever to make sure that I'm not infecting my children with a disease that could be deadly. Peace of mind allows for more time during the year to just be with my kids.
To find more information on the Tuberculosis blood test, check out the website.
Get tested, protect your family.