Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious airborne disease caused primarily by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of your body, including the kidneys, spine, or even the brain, but they usually attack the lungs. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal.
TB testing is offered everyday except Thursday at a flat fee. We accept debit/credit cards (with the exception of American Express) and several types of insurance. Please contact the health center where you wish to receive health services to confirm fees and the types of payment and insurance accepted.
Tuberculosis Services Provided by Fulton County Board of Health
- Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment
- LTBI (Latent TB Infection) Diagnosis and Treatment
- Tuberculosis Screening for TB contacts and high risk groups
- Tuberculosis Clearance to attend certain programs, employment, adoption, or for housing requirements
- Tuberculosis Testing and Screening for immigrants, refugees, and parolees
- Temporary Housing for TB patients who need assistance during their TB treatment
- Tuberculosis Health Education provided to the public
- Tuberculosis Counseling Services
- TB training for Public Health Associate (PHAP) from CDC and Emory Medical School fellowships
Active Tuberculosis and Latent TB Infection (LTBI)
Tuberculosis has two general states; latent TB infection and active TB disease. Only those who develop active TB can transmit the disease.
If a person is diagnosed with a latent TB infection it means that they inhaled the bacteria and have become infected with TB, but their condition is dormant (inactive) in their body.
Someone with Active TB Disease:
- Usually has signs and symptoms (click here for specifics from the CDC)
- Usually feels sick
- Is able to spread TB to others
- Will have a positive skin test reaction
- May have an abnormal chest x-ray, or positive sputum smear or culture
- Will need treatment
TB is contagious, but not as contagious as other diseases such as the flu or chickenpox. To get infected, a person usually has to spend many hours, over an extended period of time, with the person who has the infection.
If you would like to get tested, please visit one of the centers listed below.
Fees charged for health services depend on the health services that are provided. We accept cash, check and several types of insurance. Please contact the health center where you wish to receive your health services to confirm fees and insurance. If you do not have insurance, fees for services can also be charged based on a sliding scale according to income and family size.
To qualify, please bring the following documents to the health center at the time of your appointment:
- Proof of Fulton County residency (Copy of lease, mortgage, or utility bill)
- Proof of income and family size (Check stub)
- Insurance information