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Request A Test Offers $10 off of Tuberculosis Testing this March
Date:3/1/2013

the air. Common symptoms of TB include fever, night sweats, cough, and unexplained weight loss. It is important to remember that a latent Tuberculosis infection can show no symptoms at all. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends TB testing for people who are at a high risk for exposure to TB bacteria as well as anyone who is experiencing symptoms. Those at a higher risk include people who have spent time with a person who has TB, those with conditions which weaken their immune system such as HIV, people from countries where TB is common, illegal drug users, and people who work in places such as homeless shelters, prisons, or nursing homes. A blood test such as the QuantiFERON-TB Gold can identify the reaction of a person’s immune system to TB bacteria. A positive result for this test should be followed up with the patient’s doctor. Additional tests may be prescribed to determine if the infection is latent or active. Skin testing is available for TB but the blood test has several advantages. Blood testing can be performed with a simple lab visit, while a skin test requires at least two visits to a doctor. Skin testing may show a false positive if a person has been previously vaccinated for TB while a blood test is more accurate in that situation.

Identification and treatment are vital to preventing the spread of TB. As recently as 25 years ago, there was an outbreak of Tuberculosis in New York City, because proper attention was not being paid to maintaining preventive measures. Ordering a blood test is a simple way to ensure that this infectious disease is not a danger to your health. “This March, Request A Test wants to remind people that diseases like Tuberculosis are kept in check by preventive measures like regular blood testing,” says Noelle Perez, founder and president of Request A Test. “Our convenient lab testing service is a
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