Students performing practicums or working in schools, healthcare facilities or other institutions may be required to obtain TB testing prior to beginning at that facility.
TB (Tuberculosis) is a bacterial disease that usually affects the lungs, but TB bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. 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. If not treated properly, individuals infected with TB bacteria can develop TB disease which is potentially fatal.
There are two tests that can be used to help detect TB infection: a TB skin test or a TB blood test. The skin test is used most often.
TB Skin Testing
TB skin testing will require at least two appointments. At your first visit, a small amount of fluid, called tuberculin, is placed under your skin on the inside of your arm. The nurse uses a tiny needle, so you will only feel a light pinch. You must return to the clinic within 48-72 hours from the time the test was placed for the test to be read. Upon your return, the nurse will feel the test spot for a bump. At that time, the nurse can tell you if your test is positive or negative.
TB Blood Test
In some cases, a TB blood test is used to test for TB infection. This blood test measures how a person’s immune system reacts to the germs that cause TB.
Up to date information can be found at the CDC: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
TB testing does require a fee, see our Fee Schedule. Fees are subject to change.
Call 920-465-2380 to schedule an appointment with a Registered Nurse.