How Much Is TB Test In south Africa

What is TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from person to person through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes

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How Much Does TB Test Cost In South Africa

Test fees

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Where can I get a TB test in South Africa?

You can get free testing at your nearest clinic.

Testing for adults is done by taking two sputum samples and the results are normally available after two to three days. Testing for children is done using skin tests and chest X-rays. TB treatment is free at clinics.

Where can I get a TB test in South Africa?

You can get free testing at your nearest clinic.

Testing for adults is done by taking two sputum samples and the results are normally available after two to three days. Testing for children is done using skin tests and chest X-rays. TB treatment is free at clinics.

What are the requirements for TB test?

A TB skin test requires two visits with a health care provider.

On the first visit the test is placed; on the second visit, the health care provider reads the test.

The TB skin test is performed by injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin on the lower part of the arm.

How long does a TB test take?

The skin test reaction should be read between 48 and 72 hours after administration by a health care worker trained to read TST results.

A patient who does not return within 72 hours will need to be rescheduled for another skin test.

The reaction should be measured in millimeters of the induration (firm swelling).

What will a positive TB test look like?

The test is “positive” if there is a bump of a certain size where the fluid was injected.

This means you probably have TB germs in your body.

Most people with a positive TB skin test have latent TB infection.

To be sure, your doctor will examine you and give you a chest x-ray.

Is TB treatment free in South Africa?

TB treatment is free at clinics. It is important to remember that TB can only be cured if the full course of treatment, which can be from six to eight months, is completed. You can find more information at: Western Cape Provincial Government: TB and you.

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