Tuberculosis Information

Tuberculosis is a disease primarily of the lungs, although it can affect other areas of the body. It is usually an airborne disease transmitted. We test for TB by doing skin test to see if you have been exposed to the disease. This skin test is commonly called a PPD. It is a two step test. You will receive an injection just under the skin in your forearm at the first visit. Two days later at the same time of day or later in the day than the first step, you must return to have us read the test results. If you do not return in 48 to 72 hours the test is invalid. Then you must repeat the test and will be charged $8.00 again to be retest.

You will not be able to get the TB skin test in our office if:

  1. Have ever had a positive TB skin test during your lifetime. If you have we need to see the results of both your positive skin test and the follow up chest x-ray. The chest x-ray must have been done in the state of California.
  2. Are allergic to any of the components of the testing solution.
  3. Have ever had a severe reaction to the TB skin test.
  4. Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  5. Are currently ill or have a chronic immunosuppressive disease. Are using any type of immunosuppressive medications, to include steroids, and chemotherapy. If you are unsure about your medications contact your physician. Have a positive HIV status or AIDS – please contact your physician.
  6. Have received measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), oral polio (OPV), Flu mist, or yellow fever vaccines within the last 6 weeks. If so, you may receive the TB skin test 6 weeks after the date of receiving the vaccination