TB testing

  1. Due to job changes, I have found myself in a situation where I have received 4 TB tests in a 4 month period of time. They have all been negative. What, if any, effect will this have on me?
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  3. by   lpnflorida
    None that I am aware of.
  4. by   jmgrn65
    You should get a copy of the results, so that you don't have to keep doing them over. They are your test results you have the right to request them.
  5. by   classicdame
    The CDC states the tests are not harmful. They are not a vaccine. But I agree that keeping a copy for your records is a good idea.
  6. by   caliotter3
    Keep a copy of your results. They are good for one year from the date of the test. If you have concerns, see your PCP.
  7. by   DNP54
    The only side effect is that you may potentially begin to test as positive. That's what happened to me after I was serially tested in the military (x4 in 18 months due to lost records during TDY and transfer). One of my physicians that I work with thought I may have had an allergic reaction to a preservative or some other benign element of the suspension, but after that I just got a chest x-ray, and I've never had a TB skin test since. It looked like a positive, but it took a couple weeks to clear up and it did itch. AFTER that incident, I worked in a Native American population where active TB was all around me, but I have never had symptoms, and my CXR was still clear. I used to get them every other year, but now I am only required to fill out a questionaire, and I avoid the funky left forearm spot. I agree with caliotter3....get your own copy of the results and keep them handy. That's what I should have done.
  8. by   caliotter3
    When you have a copy of the results, you can present copies to however many employers or schools require the info. And you also have a copy available for prospective employers when you are job hunting.
  9. by   jackson145
    I had 2 PPD's done at a hospital where I was working PRN & when I went in for my pre-employment phys at another hospital, they wouldn't use my 2 PPD's.

    I'd only had them done about 1 month prior, but I was told it was part of the employment process & had to be done.

    However, I've not had any issues with a false positive - this time at least.