If you live in New York City, you may be wondering if you should get a tuberculosis (TB) test. TB is a serious bacterial infection that can affect the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body. It’s important to get tested if you think you may have been exposed to TB or if you have symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, or fever.
At Nao Medical, we offer a 2-step PPD test for TB. This test is more accurate than a single PPD test and is recommended for healthcare workers, people who live or work in high-risk settings, and those who have had a positive PPD test in the past.
What is a 2-Step PPD Test?
A 2-step PPD test involves two PPD skin tests given one to four weeks apart. The first test is read 48-72 hours after it is given, and if it is negative, a second test is given. The second test is read 48-72 hours after it is given. If both tests are negative, it is unlikely that you have TB infection.
Why is a 2-Step PPD Test Recommended?
A 2-step PPD test is recommended for people who have never had a PPD test before or who have not had a PPD test in the past year. This is because some people may have a false-negative result on their first PPD test, meaning that they have TB infection but the test does not show it. A second test can help detect TB infection that may have been missed by the first test.
Should You Get a 2-Step PPD Test?
If you are a healthcare worker, work or live in a high-risk setting, or have had a positive PPD test in the past, you should get a 2-step PPD test. Even if you do not fall into these categories, you may still want to get tested if you think you may have been exposed to TB or if you have symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, or fever.
At Nao Medical, we offer same-day appointments for the 2-step PPD test and minimal wait times. Our exceptional and empathetic staff will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. We also offer extensive after-hours virtual care for your convenience.
A 2-step PPD test is an accurate way to test for TB infection, especially for those who are at high risk or have had a positive PPD test in the past. If you think you may need a 2-step PPD test, schedule an appointment at Nao Medical today. Our comprehensive app and stunning clinic environments make it easy and enjoyable to take care of your health.
What is a PPD test?
A PPD test is a skin test used to determine if a person has been infected with TB bacteria.
What is the difference between a single PPD test and a 2-step PPD test?
A single PPD test is only given once and is less accurate than a 2-step PPD test. A 2-step PPD test involves two tests given one to four weeks apart and is recommended for certain groups of people.
What should I do if my PPD test is positive?
If your PPD test is positive, you will need further testing to determine if you have TB infection. This may include a chest x-ray, sputum test, or other tests.
Is TB treatable?
Yes, TB is treatable with antibiotics. It’s important to start treatment as soon as possible to prevent the spread of TB to others.
Learn more about the 2-step PPD test at Nao Medical.