Question: Does TB Stay In Your Body Forever?

Will I always test positive for TB?

Did you know.

Once you have a positive TB skin test you will always have a positive TB skin test, even if you complete treatment.

Ask your doctor for a written record of your positive skin test result.

This will be helpful if you are asked to have another TB skin test in the future..

Can the TB be completely cured?

There is good news for people with TB disease! It can almost always be treated and cured with medicine. But the medicine must be taken as directed by your doctor or nurse. If you have TB disease, you will need to take several different medicines.

How long can TB stay dormant in the body?

Persons with latent TB infection are not infectious and cannot spread TB infection to others. Overall, without treatment, about 5 to 10% of infected persons will develop TB disease at some time in their lives. About half of those people who develop TB will do so within the first two years of infection.

Can TB lay dormant in the body?

The TB germs are dormant (asleep) in the body. Most people with LTBI can fight the germs to keep them from growing. This depends on the person’s immune system. LTBI can be treated to prevent active TB disease.

Can I marry a girl with TB?

For example, if, due to TB and its lengthy treatment, a woman’s marriage to her cousin does not go ahead, then it is not her last opportunity to marry if she has many other as yet unmarried cousins to marry once she is in good health again.

How long can you live with untreated tuberculosis?

Current models of untreated tuberculosis that assume a total duration of 2 years until self-cure or death underestimate the duration of disease by about one year, but their case fatality estimates of 70% for smear-positive and 20% for culture-positive smear-negative tuberculosis appear to be satisfactory.