There are two methods available for TB testing:
TB Skin Test
- This test uses a very small needle to inject a small amount of liquid under your skin on your arm.
- You will need an appointment in 48 to 72 hours for your arm to be evaluated to see if you had a “reaction” to the test.
- If you had BCG as a child, it could cause the test to be positive/reactive (meaning you have not been exposed to TB but the BCG vaccine is causing your skin reaction). There is NO way to tell if you test is positive/ reactive due to the BCG or due to having been exposed to TB.
- This test is covered by your health fee.
- If your test is significant/positive, you must get a chest x-ray and see a clinician.
Quantiferon Gold (Blood Test)
- This test requires blood to be drawn from your arm into a tube to be sent to a lab for testing.
- Your test results will be sent to you via the online portal Messages (same portal that you use to make the appointment).
- If you had BCG as a child, this test will NOT be positive due to BCG vaccine. The antigens used in the test are not the same as the BCG vaccine. This test is preferred for patients who have had BCG vaccine in the past.
- It is provided to students at a discounted rate. You may contact the billing office (859-218-3204) or ask one of the check out staff for the current charge.
- If your test is significant/positive, you must get a chest X-ray and see a clinician.