Who Needs a TB Test?

  • All students returning home from a mission – including stateside missions—may be at risk.
  • All students who have traveled outside of the US since their last TB test
  • Students born outside of the US and/or have had the BCG vaccine.
  • Students who may have been in close contact with someone who has had TB
  • Those who have had positive TB skin tests in the past and/or have been advised to consider medication for TB.

The Testing Process for At-Risk Students

  1. A skin test (Mantoux test) is performed, where a small amount of fluid (tuberculin or PPD) is injected under the skin on the arm. A follow up on the site is observed for signs of reaction after 48-72 hours.
  2. If the skin test is positive, the student will need to receive a blood test— QuantiFERON-Gold or T-spot. A chest X-ray does NOT replace a blood test.
  3. If the blood test is positive, the student will meet with a Provider at the Student Health Center to evaluate the condition.

How is TB Transmitted?

TB, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, is transmitted person to person through tiny air droplets. Someone with Active TB spreads TB by coughing, sneezing, speaking, or singing when others are nearby.

What are the Symptoms?

Latent TB has no active signs or symptoms, is not contagious, and can only be detected by a blood test. People with Active TB can experience body aches, fever, weight loss, night sweats, chills, loss of appetite, fatigue, coughing blood, or intense coughing lasting more than three weeks.

Send Results To:

*Be aware if you fax results when the Student Health Center is closed we won’t receive it. This includes holidays and school breaks. If you have any further questions, email healthcenterpublichealth@byui.edu, or call 208-496-9330 to talk with the Public Health Coordinators.