What is TB?
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.
What is a TB skin test?
A TB test will tell you if you have ever had TB germs in the body. A harmless fluid is placed under your arm with a small needle. After the test is administered, you must return to the clinic so that the nurse can look at the test spot on your arm. This is called a TB read.
Why do I need two TB skin tests?
Most medical settings now require the two step TB skin test to ensure a more accurate reading/result.
What days do you do TB Screenings/Tests?
Please refer to TB Hours page.
When can we return for the TB read?
You must be able to return 48-72 hours after the TB test is placed. Please keep in mind our hours of operation for TB readings (refer to TB Hours). If you fail to return and you request another test, you must pay a $15 fee.
Can we set up an appointment for TB Screenings/Test?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person TB skin tests are available by appointment only Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
Please contact our office for available appointment dates and times.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Basic TB Facts
How does TB Spread?
TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
TB is NOT spread by
- shaking someone's hand
- sharing food or drink
- touching bed linens or toilet seats
- sharing toothbrushes