Latent TB screening (LTBI)

Our Latent Tuberculosis infection testing and treatment service supports GP practices to identify patients at high risk of latent Tuberculosis and invite them for a free blood test which can detect Tuberculosis (TB) before you have symptoms.  

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. TB is more common in certain countries, so we are offering the test to people who were living or born in one of these countries who are between the ages of 16-35 years. TB mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the abdomen, glands, bones and nervous system. TB is a potentially serious condition, but it can be cured if it’s treated with the right antibiotics.

Sometimes the immune system can prevent TB spreading in the body. You will not have any symptoms, but the bacteria will remain in your body. This is known as latent TB. People with latent TB are not infectious to others, but latent TB could develop into active TB disease at a later date, particularly if your immune system becomes weakened.

More information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tuberculosis-tb/  

If you are between the ages of 16-35 and were born or have lived in a country which have high rates of TB equal to or more than 150 per 100,000, listed on the website below, but have not received your invitation to have Latent TB screening please contact your GP.