Making An Informed Choice – TB tests & BCG Vaccine (TB)
http://www.wellwith in1.com/TBtest. htm
select: Alternative TB TEST (blood test)
ASK FOR THIS TEST instead of getting the PPD or other TB test
(PPD has TB in it and can be just as dangerous as a vaccine)
Click here for the exemption letter for the TB test
There is a new TB test, QuantiFERON TB Gold test (QFT-G), which requires a blood draw, not a skin test. QuantiFERON-TB Gold is a blood test that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help detect latent TB. It is faster and more accurate than the skin test. Only need one office visit.
That is the Good News, but finding a lab to do it is another. Check with your local hospital labs. Call your state and/or county TB control agencies, they may know of a lab that can do it. It may cost >$100 but if you can have it done without a doctor visit or have the employer pay for it or what other ideas you may have to cut the cost. It may be cheaper then a front and side chest X-rays.
CDC Issues Guidelines on Use of QuantiFERON TB Gold Test CME
News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
CME Author: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd
Dec. 22, 2005 — The QuantiFERON TB Gold test (QFT-G) essentially can be used in all cases in which the tuberculosis skin test is currently used, according to new guidelines released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the Dec. 16 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Recommendations and Reports. These guidelines are intended for public health officials, healthcare providers, and laboratory workers with responsibility for TB control activities in the United States.