Two tests are available at the Campus Health Clinic to screen for Tuberculosis (TB): TB skin test or PPD; or Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) or Quantiferon TB Gold, a blood test.
If a TB skin test is indicated, you must come to the clinic two times. The first will be for the injection of the PPD into the forearm. The second time is to check for the skin reaction (often called a “TB read”), which will be done 48-72 hours after the test. If you do not get your test read within this designated time frame, the nurse will be unable to accurately interpret the results. If this occurs, you will need to make another appointment to get the injection, and you will be charged for the re-test. TB skin tests are done Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If IGRA (Quantiferon TB Gold) is indicated, see Mandatory TB Screening for indications for IGRA. You will come to the Campus Health Clinic for the blood test. The test takes approximately 5-7 days for results.
If you need a TB test for a physical for a job, you will need to see the Nurse Practitioner. Call our office to schedule an appointment at (573) 651-2270 or stop by to see the secretary. Please bring all physical forms with you.