Where do I send my TB results?
- There are a number of ways you can submit your TB test results.
- Bring them in physically and hand them to the Public Health Coordinator at the Student Health Center
- Fax them to (208) 496-9343
- Email them to email@example.com
- Mail them to:
100 Student Health Center
Rexburg, ID 83460-2010
- We cannot completely remove the hold until we get a copy of these results, so plan accordingly.
- *Be aware if you fax results when the Student Health Center is closed we won’t receive it. This includes holidays and school breaks.
What does it mean to have a positive TB skin test?
- If a patient tested positive for TB the skin test, it does not mean the individual has TB, but it does mean that further testing needs to be done. We will require either T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold blood test.
- A chest X-ray doesn’t replace the blood test.
My roommate had a positive TB skin test, am I OK or do I need to get tested too?
- If someone tested positive on the TB skin test, their roommates don’t need to come in and get a skin test performed. However, if your roommate is determined to have Tuberculosis after further testing, the patients roommates should come in to have a symptoms review with a provider.
Why do I need a TB test if I served a mission in the states?
- The Church has now specified every mission, stateside and foreign, to be high risk for TB because of the high volume of international missionaries and the diversity of people they encounter. Upon return, all missionaries must be tested for TB. We cannot accept TB tests from before nor during your mission. All returned missionaries need to have a TB test before returning to a CES Institution.
What are my treatment options for TB?
- If you have Latent TB, you have the option to take medicine to prevent inactive TB from developing into Active TB. Both the provider and the patient will decide which treatment is best.
- If you have Active TB, you will need to receive treatment through the Health Department.
Does this hold prevent me from registering?
- No- this hold doesn’t become active until the semester starts. You should be able to add and drop classes until the hold becomes active.
I am only taking online classes so why do I need to get a TB test done now?
- If students are taking online classes away from campus then they do not need to have TB skin test done immediately. If, for any reason, they decide to come back to campus and continue classes, they must get a TB test administered upon their return.
I accidentally hit yes on one of the questions on the TB questionnaire and now have a hold on my account. Can it be removed?
- Yes, we can remove the hold after we have re-asked the survey questions to you to be sure the flag was an accident, but you need to read the questionnaire carefully so you aren’t answering questions incorrectly.
Do I need to have skin test yearly if I have tested positive before?
- No, once you test positive for a skin test you will always test positive. If you have been out of the country or returned home from your mission you will need to have either a T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold blood test performed to determine if you are infected with the TB bacteria.
- If you haven’t been out of the country since your last positive PPD skin test you will need to meet with a provider at the Student Health Center annually to review signs and symptoms of TB.
I had the skin test done at another clinic and it came back positive, so they made me do a chest x-ray. Can I just send those results?
- Unfortunately, we cannot accept the chest x-ray as a truly negative result. Chest x-rays can only detect active TB, they cannot show latent TB. If you have a positive skin test, we will need you to get a T-spot or Quantiferon Gold blood test done so we can test for latent TB.
- In our practice, the x-ray comes only after having a positive blood test. Bring the results with you so we can scan them into your charts.
What If I Have Had The BCG Vaccine?
- If you have received the BCG vaccine, it does not mean that you are immune to TB. If you have been given the BCG vaccine you have a higher chance of testing positive from a TB skin test. You can choose to receive the skin test or a blood test. But if you test positive with a skin test you will need to receive a blood test.
Why do I have to have this done? I’ve been on campus for 3 years. Why all of the sudden do I have to get this done?
- This policy regarding TB is fairly new and the computer system has changed over the last few years. You could have been missed previously because TB test a few years ago were only screening incoming freshman, but now the TB program is screens every student on campus. It could also have been a glitch in the system that caused it to not catch you previously and that could be why you need it done now.
My child is currently serving a mission but needs to register for classes. Can you remove the hold until they get home and start attending school?
- There hold should not be active until the semester starts. The hold shouldn’t block them from registering. There is a reminder on their account, but they can still register. If their account is blocked and they can’t register please call us and we can modify their hold.
I’m pregnant - can I still have a TB test?
- If you are pregnant you may get a TB skin test, but a waiver is required (available at the Student Health Center). T-spot or Quantiferon Gold blood tests are also available, with no waiver necessary.
100 Student Health Center, Rexburg, ID 83460