|Tuberculosis Testing & Specialty Care for Persons with Tuberculosis
The Public Health Nursing Program provides testing and specialty case management for
Tuberculosis, a serious infectious disease.
PPD Testing: The PPD skin test is a method used to
screen a person for exposure to Tuberculosis (TB).
A positive test result indicates that the person may
have a Tuberculosis Infection,
and will require further medical evaluation.
|• PPD Testing is available on Mondays and Tuesday,
8:30 am - 9:30 am.
• PPD Reading of test results are provided
Thursdays only, 8:30 - 9:30am.
• $20.00 fee for service, includes testing and result
reading: cash only.
CDC guidelines advise certain people to be tested for TB
Infection. These individuals at higher risk include:
| • People who have spent time with someone who has TB Disease;
• People from a country where TB Disease is common (most countries in Latin America, the
Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia);
• People who live or work in high-risk settings (for example: correctional facilities, long-term
care facilities or nursing homes, and homeless shelters);
• Health-care workers who care for patients at increased risk for TB Disease;
• Infants, children, and adolescents exposed to adults who are at increased risk for
Latent Tuberculosis Infection or TB Disease
Many people who have been exposed to TB may never develop TB Disease.
Those at high risk for developing TB Disease include:
• People with HIV infection
• People who became infected with TB bacteria (Latent TB Infection) in the last 2 years
• Babies and young children
• People who inject illegal drugs
• People who are sick with other diseases that weaken the immune system
• Elderly people
• People who were not treated correctly for TB in the past
TB tests are generally not recommended for people with a low risk of infection with TB bacteria.
o For more information about TB, visit the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/tb/default.htm
| Specialty Care for Persons with Tuberculosis
|Chest Consultation Services: Evaluation and follow up of Tuberculin Reactors and persons with Tuberculosis Disease is provided in collaboration with Saint Mary’s Hospital-Pulmonary Department. This service is provided two Tuesdays per month starting at 9 am. An appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, call the Clinic at: 203-709-6244