If you need to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) for a new job or to participate in a certain activity, we invite you to see us at Argyle Urgent Care. In the spirit of keeping everyone healthy, screening for TB can prevent the unnecessary spread of this contagious disease and germs. TB is an airborne bacteria (Mycobacterium) that may be contracted from someone with TB that starts in the lungs. It can quickly spread to other areas (your brain, spine, or kidneys). When you are tested for TB, you can have one of three results:
- Positive (latent)
- Positive (active)
You may have TB and not know it because it is in a latent (or inactive) state within your body. Once you test positive for TB, you will be a carrier, even when you do not have an active infection. TB can be treated, but knowing that you have TB in time for treatment is very important. We can provide you with TB screenings with a simple skin test and read it within 42 – 72 hours after your initial test. We look forward to helping you get the testing you need to live a healthy life.