TB Clinic Update 03/17/2020 At this time we are not providing routine Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST) in the office. Please call the VCHD at (812) 435-2400 with any questions.
The Vanderburgh County Health Department (VCHD) investigates, treats, and manages Latent Tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and Active Tuberculosis (TB) disease in Vanderburgh County residents. Our services include administering and reading tuberculin skin tests (TST), TST classes for healthcare providers and educational programs for community partners.
*** Please call to schedule an appointment ***
- Call to schedule an appointment (812)435-5682
- Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST) cost: $20.00/test (we do not bill insurance for TB clinic services)
- Fees are payable at the time of service by cash, personal check or credit card (debit & credit card payments are assessed a convenience fee)
- TST Classes for Healthcare Providers: $30.00/particiapant
What is TB?Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that generally affects the lungs, but can sometimes affect other parts of the body. TB of the lungs is transmitted person to person from the infected respiratory droplets of a person with active TB disease. When the infected individual coughs, laughs, sneezes or talks the germs are released into the air. If another person breathes in these germs, there is a chance they will become infected. TB is NOT spread by shaking hands, sharing utensils or touching bed linens or toilet seats.
Latent TB Infection & Active TB DiseaseNot everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes ill. For most people who become exposed to TB bacteria, their body is able to fight the disease and stop the bacteria from growing. This is called Latent TB Infection (LTBI). People diagnosed with LTBI do not feel sick and cannot spread the bacteria. However, if TB bacteria become active in the body and multiply, the person develops active (contagious) TB disease.
Signs and Symptoms of TBGeneral symptoms of TB disease are
- Feelings of weakness or sickness
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Cough (may contain blood)
- Chest pain