TB requires 6 months of prolong t/ t and PPD test could be positive in BCG as well...so a person is not a carrier unless he has the antigen . Qunatiferon gold test/sputum smear are the confirmatory tests. And also reagrding two months of medicines being administered...all these factors again come into play whether the patient has been at high risk/ coz of being in close approximity with TB patients or he is a carrier himself...but still i would say the patient is contagious as two months of medication isnt good enough anyways !TB patient after 2 mths under treatment, skin test is +, is it contagious or not?
I know skin test doesn't determine whether TB is active or not. but is it contagious if patient has been taking med for 2 months.
are you sure the patient would be contagious?Hi Firasoblast, I gave my exam on 29th and found it very difficult. Looking at the question you posted, I believe that we had similar paper. yes, The T.B patient should be transmitting the disease if the treatment is given for only 2 mths and you are right tuberculin test only tells us abt contact with the antigen in past and not whether the patient is contagious or not. So the mention of skin test was very confusing!
are you sure the patient would be contagious?
In most cases of active TB the patient is only quarantined for the initial 2-3 weeks after starting medication. after that time the patient is deemed not contagious, given they have a negative sputum test, and allowed to resume normal interpersonal contacts.