Tuberculosis and TB testing

Welcome to the TB section of the Washington Travel Clinic website. This page contains valuable information on TB and how to test for it.

TB testing is available at the Washington Travel Clinic. The cost for the TB skin test is $50. There is no additional charge for the visit, and if the test is positive, Dr. Akl will provide you with counseling, refer you to have a chest X-ray done, review the X-ray result, and provide you with the necessary reports, at no extra charge.

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About TB:
TB is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. TB germs are passed through the air when someone who is sick with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs, sings, or sneezes. Anyone near the sick person can breathe TB germs into their lungs.

TB germs can live in your body without making you sick. This is called latent TB infection. This means you have only inactive (sleeping) TB germs in your body. The inactive germs cannot be passed on to anyone else. However, if these germs wake up or become active in your body and multiply, you will get sick with TB disease.

When TB germs are active (multiplying in your body), this is called TB disease. These germs usually attack the lungs. They can also attack other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, brain or spine. TB disease will make you sick. People with TB disease may spread the germs to people they spend time with every day.

If you have been around someone who has TB disease, you should go to your doctor or your local health department for tests.

TB screening:
There are two main tests that can be used to help detect TB. A skin test (known as tuberculin skin test, PPD test, or Mantoux test*) is usually done on the arm. A thin needle is used to place some testing material, called tuberculin, under the skin. In 2-3 days, you return to the doctor who will check your arm to see if there is a reaction to the test.

In some cases, a blood test is performed. It measures how a person’s system reacts to the germs that cause TB. It is especially useful if you received the BCG vaccine in the past or if there is reason to suspect that a positive skin test is caused by other bacteria than TB. The Washington Travel Clinic can provide the necessary requisition for the test to be performed in designated labs.

To learn more about the disease from the CDC website, click here. To learn more about testing for TB infection, click here.

*The tine test, which relied on pricking the skin with testing material, is no longer recommended for use.

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What makes our services exceptional

At The Washington Travel Clinic, we do our best to accommodate your schedule. Our clients find that our online appointment scheduling service is extremely convenient; it allows for secure registration and for making, rescheduling and canceling appointments with a few clicks, 24/7. Appointment confirmations and reminders are automatically sent to you via e-mail.

Our office is conveniently located near the Farragut West metro station.

We are paperless and we strive to be green. We use electronic charts and there are no forms or questionnaires to fill out. Even our sign-in sheet is electronic.

At the Washington Travel Clinic you are seen by a physician specializing in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine. Dr. Akl answers the phone personally and will discuss your concerns, if any, prior to your visit. During your visit, Dr. Akl will review your medical history and itinerary – this allows him to determine which vaccines you should receive and what other preventive measures you should take.

Dr. Akl personally administers the necessary immunizations during the same visit. His use of very thin needles makes your experience almost painless. Administered vaccines are recorded on an International Certificate of Vaccination, which is provided to you during the same visit.

Information on travel precautions is discussed and sent to you via e-mail at the time of your visit. Prescriptions are provided as needed and for your convenience can be sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice -- this way your medicines will be ready for you to pick-up when you get to the pharmacy. Blood tests, when needed, are drawn on location.

Follow-up appointments and payments are conveniently made in the same exam room, which is why our clients call us a one-stop shop. Testimonials describe the experience as "painless," "easy," "efficient," "fast" and "convenient." Upon request, your physician is sent a letter documenting the vaccines you received. A copy of your medical records is a mouse-click away and is sent to you via e-mail upon request.

In case of an emergency, you can reach Dr. Akl personally 24/7 by phone. If a consultation is needed after your trip because of illness, Dr. Akl is available to see you and your initial visit is free if you had a full consultation before your travel.

Our regular travel visit fee is $60 per person, which includes a full travel consultation. Families are charged a flat $110 fee. The regular visit fee is valid for one year during which follow-up visits and requests for prescription refills are free of charge. If only one vaccine is needed and no consultation is requested, the visit fee is $30. For non-travelers requesting vaccines (e.g. for immigration, work, school, etc.) the visit fee is $30.

The cost of the various vaccines offered is listed in the Pricing section. We do not charge a visit fee for the flu, shingles and HPV vaccines. Charges for physicals depend on the complexity of the exam. Please click on Pricing for additional information.

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