Request A Test Offers TB Blood Test as Alternative to Skin Testing

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With the current shortage of TB skin tests, customers can order TB blood testing from Request A Test as an alternative.

Leading National Provider of Direct to Consumer Lab Testing

Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing, is currently offering the QuantiFERON Gold blood test for Tuberculosis (TB). A Recent shortage of materials needed to perform Tuberculosis skin tests has led to many people and companies not being able to get the testing they need. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended blood testing for TB such as the QuantiFERON Gold as an alternative for those who are unable to get a skin test. The QuanitFERON Gold is one of only two TB blood tests approved by the FDA. Request A Test's easy ordering process allows anyone to order their own lab testing without having to schedule a doctor's appointment or get approval from an insurance provider. With affordable prices and 1000's of convenient lab locations across the U.S., Request A Test makes it easy to get the testing you need when you need it.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease which is spread from person to person through the air. While healthcare standards in the U.S. have allowed TB infections to be controlled and minimized, there are parts of the world where TB is still a serious health concern. TB infections can remain latent in a person's body for years which makes diagnosis based on outward symptoms difficult. The most effective way to identify and prevent the spread of TB is through testing and subsequent treatment. Many occupations in which there is a greater risk of spreading infectious diseases such as teachers, health care and correctional facility workers require periodic tuberculosis testing for employees. In recent months, shortages in the supply of Tubersol and Aplisol, two antigens used in the production of TB skin tests, have required many health departments to limit the availability of testing. This has meant that many people are unable to get a skin test for TB and some companies have suspended their normally requisite testing. The CDC has recommended the use of blood testing as a substitute for the unavailable skin tests. In most cases, blood testing has been shown to be just as accurate as skin testing at detecting TB infections. Testing can be done with a single visit to a lab unlike skin testing which require people to return the doctor within several days to evaluate their reaction to the test. The availability and convenience of the QuantiFERON Gold blood test makes it an ideal alternative to TB skin testing.    

Despite the limited supplies of testing material available, the importance of using regular screenings to prevent the spread of Tuberculosis has not lessened. Request A Test's direct to consumer lab testing service allows anyone to order a QuantiFERON Gold TB blood test whenever they require it. This test is listed in the Infectious Diseases category on Request A Test's website. For more information about this test as well as any of the other services available from Request A Test, customers can go to or call 1-888-732-2348 to speak to a representative during business hours.    

About Request A Test
Request A Test is a national lab testing service operating on the edict that knowledge is power. They are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, same-day testing, no hidden fees and an informative, easy to use website. Request A Test is partnered with two of the largest certified laboratories in the country to ensure that clients receive affordable and accurate information in a high quality, professional setting.

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