TB testing is done with the Tuberculin Skin Test, (TST). A small amount of purified protein derivative is injected under the skin. Two to three days later the injection site is evaluated for a reaction.
Two Step Tuberculin Skin Test
Use of two-step testing is recommended for initial skin testing of individuals who will be retested yearly. Two Step Testing requires four visits to the health department.
Visit 1: Tuberculin Skin Test solution is injected in the forearm.
Visit 2: Patient returns 2-3 days later and the injection site is evaluated for a reaction. If no reaction is seen, the patient continues on to Step Two.
Visit 3: Patient returns 1-3 weeks from the date of Visit 1 and Tuberculin Skin Test solution is injected in the opposite forearm.
Visit 4: Patient returns 2-3 days later and the injection site is evaluated for a reaction. Documentation of the TST results are given to the patient at this visit. Patients with a positive TST are referred for a chest x-ray and will meet with the TB Clinic nurse for an evaluation.
TB testing is done on a walk in basis. Medicaid, Medicare and all private insurances will be billed. For those without insurance the cost is $20.00. To learn more about TB skin testing please visit http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/tb_testing.htm
No appointment necessary.
TB Skin Tests Placed
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. for lunch.
TB Skin Tests Read
Monday through Friday
8:00 am-11:00 am and 1:00 pm-3:00pm
Closed 12:00 pm-1:00 pm for lunch.
**Holidays may affect our TB clinic hours.**
Questions? Please call 419-213-4163.
**The Health Department will not turn away any patient based upon ability to pay. All fees are billed according to a sliding fee scale.**