Who gets TB disease?

Once a person has TB infection, he or she has a higher chance of getting TB disease if the person:

  • Has HIV infection
  • Has been recently infected with TB germs (in the last 2 years)
  • Has other health problems, like diabetes, that make it hard for the body to fight germs
  • Uses alcohol or injects illegal drugs
  • Was not treated correctly for TB infection in the past

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1. What is Tuberculosis?
2. How is TB spread?
3. What are the symptoms of TB?
4. What is the difference between TB disease and TB infection?
5. Who gets TB disease?
6. How can I tell if I have TB?
7. How are the TB tests given?
8. Where can I get a TB skin test?
9. What if the test is negative?
10. What if the test is positive?
11. What if I had the BCG vaccine?
12. What should I do if I have TB infection or disease?