10+ Year Member
- May 1, 2008
I had to take the TB test a couple of weeks ago and I tested positive. Then I took a chest x-ray and after examining the x-ray, my doctor told me that I had latent TB; i.e. I dont have TB, I just have TB bacteria in my body. He also told me that 1/3 of the worlds population has a latent TB infection. I suspect I could have caught the disease while traveling with my parents. The doctor told me I could take medication for a year but I dont want to risk my GPA next year because of the medications sideeffects. If Im not wrong, volunteering at any hospital requires a TB test. From now on, I will always test positive for a TB test. Will a hospital reject me if I asked to volunteer and I test positive for the TB test? Or will they require a chest x-ray to determine if I actually have TB? Furthermore, I think this can cause problems with my application to medical schools. Can a medical school refuse to allow me to attend if I test positive? No jokes please, this is a serious issue.