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Skin Testing

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tuberculin skin testTuberculosis (TB) Skin Testing is not routinely recommended. In Florida, skin testing is only recommended for groups at high risk for exposure to Tuberculosis (TB) and groups at high risk of progression from infection to disease. Therefore, the Orange County Health Department only tests contacts to active cases of Tuberculosis (TB) Disease. If you are not connected to someone with who has Tuberculosis Disease please consult another Health Care Provider for testing.

 

Those at high risk include:

  • People who are HIV positive
  • People in close contact with those known to have Tuberculosis (TB) Disease
  • People with medical conditions that make the body less able to protect itself from disease
  • People from countries with a high rate of Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Some racial or ethnic minorities
  • Residents of long-term care facilities (nursing homes, prisons, and some hospitals)
  • Health care workers
  • Prison Guards
  • People who are mal-nourished
  • Alcoholics
  • Injection (IV) drug users