Tuberculosis is a disease, primarily of the lungs caused
by a germ called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It
is usually an airborne disease. We will perform a tuberculosis skin test
to see if your have been exposed to tuberculosis.
You will receive an intradermal injection TST
(Tuberculin Skin Test) into
your arm at the first
need to return to Health
Services to have the
results of the test read within
48-72 hours. If you
do not return within
this time you must have the test repeated.
You may not be able to have a Tuberculin
Skin Test if you:
Are pregnant or breast feeding.
Consult your doctor first.
Have depressed immune system due
to disease or medications. Medications include
any kind of steroids (including nasal steroids),
chemotherapy or any other medication that
suppresses your immune response. If you are not
sure about your medications, ask your doctor.
Are HIV positive or have AIDS or
cancer. Consult your doctor.
Have ever had a positive TB skin
test. Health Services will
need to have
a copy of the positive documented
test. Health Services will need a chest x-Ray
report. You should bring all your available
records to Health
can discuss this
Are allergic to any of the
components of the
Ever had a severe reaction to the
TB skin test
Are acutely ill.
Have received MMR, Oral Polio
(OPV) or yellow fever vaccinations within the
past 6 weeks.
If you have any questions about Tuberculosis
screening please call Student Health Services 619-644-7192