Need a TB test? Accesa Health offers a fast, affordable TB test (tuberculosis test) on a walk-in basis.
Our price for a TB skin test is $40. This price includes all office fees, the placement of your test, the reading of your test after 48-96 hours, and proof of your test result. There are no hidden fees. Please note that 2-step TB testing requires 2 separate injections on different days and costs $80.
A TB skin test consists of a small, nearly painless, injection placed under the skin. Once a TB skin test has been placed, the site has to be examined by a medical provider 48-96 hours later to see if there was a specific skin response. If there is no response, it usually means the TB skin test is negative. At Accesa Health, we can perform the TB test injection and sign off on any TB test documentation that is needed or provide our standard paperwork to document your TB test result.
We take TB skin testing very seriously. We order our testing materials directly from the manufacturer to ensure that the serum is safe and accurate. To provide a nearly painless experience, we use a special sterile 27g testing syringe to administer the TB test to ensure an accurate testing experience. Unfortunately, we cannot administer the TB skin test to pregnant or nursing women.
We also offer other ways to screen for tuberculosis: the QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test and the Chest X-ray.
If you have a positive TB test and need a Chest X-Ray, please see our TB chest x-ray page.
We are excited about developments in the QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test. The QuantiFERON-TB Gold test is a relatively new FDA-approved blood test that can screen for tuberculosis.
There are several advantages to the QuantiFERON-TB Gold test. The QuantiFERON test is a blood test and only one visit is needed (as opposed to two for the TB skin test). Additionally, it is very accurate and can be used for TB screening in people who have received the BCG vaccine previously. This TB blood test serves as an alternative to a chest x-ray for anyone who is at risk for a false positive skin test result. Through Accesa Health, a documented positive skin test result is not required to get the QFT test.
If you are interested, you can place a QuantiFERON TB blood test through an affiliated lab company, Accesa Labs. Accesa Labs offers walk-in lab testing nationwide through Quest Diagnostics.
|TB Skin Test||$40||2||Injection|
|QuantiFERON-TB Blood Test||$149||1||Blood draw|
*Prices were last reviewed on March 1, 2019 and may change without notice.
What is a TB test?
The term "TB test" generally refers to a tuberculosis skin test. Sometimes known as a tuberculosis test, mantoux test, PPD test or TB shot, the TB test has been a standard as far as screening healthcare workers, students and the larger community for prior infection with tuberculosis.
Why is a TB test important?
Tuberculosis ("TB") is a highly contagious infection that spreads easily through exposure through droplets of someone who has a tuberculosis infection. The TB test is helpful for differentiating between the two main types of TB infections - latent TB and active TB.
What is a latent TB infection?
A latent TB infection occurs when someone has been exposed to TB previously but has no active symptoms of the infection. As a result, someone with latent TB might not even know that they are carrying TB because they feel fine. Unfortunately, latent TB infections, in certain situations, will cause symptoms down the road and result in active TB.
What is an active TB infection?
An active TB infection is one in which a person demonstrates symptoms (e.g. coughing, weight loss) of having a tuberculosis infection. In this state, a person typically feels quite sick and is also capable of communicating the TB infection to other people.
How does a TB test work?
A TB test is a skin test that consists of a very small injection of a special material into your forearm. This material, called a a purified protein derivative, or PPD, is used to check how your immune system reacts to something that simulates exposure to the TB bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. After 48-96 hours, your forearm will need to be examined again to see if your immune system reacted to the TB test.
How are TB test results interpreted?
Once you return within the specified timeframe, a medical provider will look at your arm to see if any reaction took place. If a large, hard bump formed at the site of your TB test, you might be considered positive (depending on the size). Most people will not have anything at the TB test site.
What happens if my TB test is positive?
If your TB skin test is positive, you will need a chest x-ray. This chest x-ray is used to confirm that you do not have active TB in your lungs.
Many people who are getting a TB test for wellness purposes also pair their test with a B12 shot to improve their vitamin profile, a glutathione injection for an antioxidant boost, or IV hydration with a Myers' cocktail. Feel free to check those services out if you are looking for ways to boost your general health.
Please call us at (310) 606-3877 if we can help you with your TB Test or another health service.