Conversation
Feedback

We want to hear from you!

BYU-Idaho values suggestions and ideas that can improve the university.
Use our Feedback Form to let us know what you think.

Conversation
Feedback
Brigham Young University Logo
TB FAQs

 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: healthcenterpublichealth@byui.edu
  • Mail them to: BYU-Idaho Student Health Center/ TB screening 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.

 what happens if i have a positive TB skin test?

If you have tested positive, it does not mean you have TB. This just means we will need to
do further testing. The first step is to have you take a T-Spot blood test, which determines
if there is Latent TB in your body. If this comes out positive, we will have you meet with
a provider who can work with you on what to do next.



 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. All missionaries upon returning from the mission need to have a TB test.
We cannot accept TB tests from before your mission.



 what are my treatment options for TB?

If you have Latent TB, you need to take medicine to prevent TB developing into active TB.
Both the provider and the patient will decide which treatment is best. One treatment
for Latent TB is Isoniazid. This medicine is taken for 6 to 9 months and must be completed
or else the patient will need to start whole process over again. If you have Active TB, there
are several medicines that patients can take. The most common medicines used to treat
are Isoniazid, Rifampin, Ethambutol, or Pyrazinamide.

 i am only taking on-line classes so why do i need to get a TB  test done now?

If students are taking online classes away from campus, they do not need to have a 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 a skin test yearly if i have tested positive  before?

No, you don’t. If you have tested positive previously for TB skin test then you need
to schedule a time to go the lab and have a T-Spot blood test performed to determine if you
are infected with the TB bacteria.

 i’m pregnant - can i still have a TB test?

If you are pregnant, we cannot administer the TB skin test, but we can still do a T-spot
blood test. Be sure to ask specifically for a T-spot.

 i had the skin test done at another clinic and it came out 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 test done so we can test for latent TB. In our practice, the
x-ray comes only after having a positive T-spot test.

  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?

  • Yes, we will modify holds for individuals who are currently serving a mission so that they can be registered for classes. The hold will be modified to the date they will be resuming classes.
 i had a TB test done in my home country (not u.s. or canada). can  i send you a copy of the results and get the hold removed from  my account?

We are able to remove holds as long as we receive documentation that students have
tested negative on the TB test once they have arrived in the U.S.

 what if i have had the BCG vaccine?

Just because you have received a TB vaccine called BCG it doesn't mean you
are automatically immune. There is still a chance you can get TB. If you have been given
the BCG vaccine, you should still receive a TB skin test like everyone else.

 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 the TB testing programs a
few years ago were only targeted at incoming freshman but now the TB program is
targeting 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.