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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.