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TB Claims One Life Every 17 Seconds; Almost Two Million People Each Year
Date:6/25/2010

T is sound, evidence-based technology that virtually eliminates false positive results and more definitively indicates when a patient is infected with the TB bacterium. For the uninfected individual, this spares the anxiety and concern that a positive TST result, which may often be falsely positive, may cause. A false-positive TB test usually leads to unwarranted medical consultations and often, unnecessary treatment. For those unfortunate enough to be infected, the higher accuracy of QFT (over TST) greatly increases the likelihood that their infection will be detected. Use of QFT provides significant risk reduction for the millions of health professionals, employees, patients, and individuals who may come in contact with TB in the course of their work.

About QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT)
QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT) is a simple blood test that accurately identifies people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of Tuberculosis (TB). As a modern alternative to the 110 year old Tuberculin Skin Test (TST), also known as the Mantoux, QFT offers unmatched specificity, high sensitivity and simplicity. QFT enables focused TB therapy by providing clinicians with an accurate, reliable and convenient TB diagnostic tool. QFT is unaffected by previous BCG vaccination and most other environmental mycobacteria. Unlike the TST, it requires only one patient visit, is a controlled laboratory test and provides an objective, reproducible result that is unaffected by subjective interpretation. Results can be available within 24 hours.

QFT is available for use in all clinical settings in which TST is commonly used. Examples include contact tracing, regular employee testing, for example for health care workers, as well as screening programs for prisoners and immigrants. QFT's application offers distinct advantages over the TST in the screening of immunosuppressed patients prior to anti-TNF-alpha therapy initiation and in patients with HIV, cancer
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