Will a positive TB test prevent me from getting a job?

Will a positive TB test prevent me from getting a job?

Work restrictions for personnel with suspected or confirmed TB disease Personnel with suspected or confirmed active pulmonary TB disease may not work within the facility. Return to work requires certification by the TB Control Officer that the employee is free from communicable TB.

Who should not get a PPD skin test?

TST is contraindicated only for persons who have had a severe reaction (e.g., necrosis, blistering, anaphylactic shock, or ulcerations) to a previous TST. It is not contraindicated for any other persons, including infants, children, pregnant women, or persons living with HIV.

What can affect a PPD test?

Factors that can affect the results of a TB skin test include:

  • having recent contact with another person with TB.
  • working at a medical facility, such as a hospital, care center, or medical lab.
  • having TB in the past.
  • receiving an organ transplant.
  • taking immunosuppressant drugs.
  • being HIV positive.

What does a positive PPD test indicate?

The most commonly used skin test to check for TB is the PPD — purified protein derivative. If you have a positive PPD, it means you have been exposed to a person who has tuberculosis and you are now infected with the bacteria (mycobacterium tuberculosis) that causes the disease.

How do you know if you test positive for tuberculosis?

A skin test is the only way to tell if you have TB infection. The test is “positive” if a bump about the size of a pencil eraser or bigger appears on your arm. This bump means you probably have TB infection. Other tests can show if you have TB disease.

What does a positive TB test look like after 48 hours?

If you’ve been infected with Mtb, your skin around the site of the injection should start to swell and harden by 48 to 72 hours. This bump, or induration as it’s referred to clinically, will also turn red. The size of the induration, not the redness, is used to determine your results.

How long do TB test results last?

The tuberculin skin test (TST) should be examined (or read) 48 to 72 hours after it is administered. It is acceptable to read the Mantoux skin test up to 96 hours after administration if it is not possible to do so earlier. After 96 hours, a skin test reading of less than 10 mm of induration should be repeated.

Why did my TB test not bubble?

In most cases, if there is no bump where the testing fluid was placed, you probably are not infected with TB. A doctor or nurse must look at the area to be sure. What if I have a positive TB test? A positive test will look like a raised bump on your arm where the test was placed.