Posted by: ANON | 2008/08/06


Hi doc i was coughing for 1 week and had a heavy chest.When to see my doc and he said broncites but i asked for a skin test to check for tb and after 3 days i went back and where they injected me it became like a skin rash it was very itchy doc said it could be tb i did x rays blood tests and a sputum test. I will go back to the doc with my x rays as soon as i get my sputum and blood results.If i do have tb can i get my meds directly from my doc as i like to do it privatly and will i be able to have children as soon as treatment is over,im so stressed and concernd if i will lead a normal life again.

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Dear Anon
Because we all get TB immunizations at birth in SA the skin test is not always very reliable in SA. The blood test is much more specific ( if he asked for the PCR one). Yes you can get TB medication from your GP or specialist directly and a person that has TB is not infective after 2 weeks of taking his medication regularly. Don't upset yourself until you know for sure.
Dr Bets

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