PPD Skin Test(Tuberculosis Test)

Avoid the PPD Test Run Around With Urgent Way

UrgentWay makes getting a PPD test done easy. You don’t have to run around looking for appointments or wait long periods of time before a test can be administered. At our clinics, you need only 10 minutes on the first visit and even less time during the follow-up visit for reading.

We perform tuberculosis tests for :

  • Green Card physicals – Our doctors are certified by USCIS to perform complete immigration medical exams for Green Card and US citizenship
  • Employee health screening
  • PPD testing for schools and universities

If you have any questions call us at the location near you or simply walk-in for a visit.

How is the PPD test administered?

A PPD test is done in two visits. On the first visit, tuberculin will be injected into the top layer of skin on your arm. This generally results in a small bump on your arm that will go away in a few hours. Within 48-72 hours you will come in for a second visit during which the area administered will be reviewed by our staff for results.

Please know that you must come back for a review within the 72 hours time-frame. Failure to do so will void the test and a new test must be administered.

How long does it take to get the results?

Results can be read 48 to 72 hours after administration of the test. 2 to 3 days after the skin test you need to come back to see our doctor who will read the test and document the results. If your result is negative, the PPD test is complete once the doctor reads the results. If you miss the 48-72 hours window for the reading, unfortunately, you will have to redo the TB skin test.

What does a positive test result mean?

If you have a positive TB test result, don’t worry. A positive PPD result does not necessarily mean that you have an active bacterial infection since people that have been in contact with someone with TB will produce a positive reading and exposure does not translate into active infection. When you test positive, you will be asked to get a referral for a chest X-ray in order to rule out active TB. If the chest X-ray comes back negative, you will be given written clearance stating that there is no indication or presence of tuberculosis in your lungs.

Is there any preparation required for the test?

You do not need to prepare or take any special precautions before a PPD test.

Are there any side effects?

Normal effects of the implant usually include some redness around the injection mark.

Do you perform PPDs required for immigration?

Yes, we are certified by the USCIS to perform complete immigration medical exams for Green Card and US citizenship.

What If I get the PPD test done elsewhere and merely want a reading of the result?

If you had the PPD done elsewhere, you can come to Urgent Way for your reading to avoid repeating the test.

Not only do we do the PPD test 7 days a week, our doctors are available to read the results of the test all week.

In my country they gave me a BCG Vaccine. Will it affect my PPD test results?

In countries where TB is common, BCG (Bacillus Calmette–Guérin) vaccine is used to protect infants and young children from serious, life-threatening diseases like miliary TB and TB meningitis.

BCG vaccination is not given in the United States. The effect of BCG vaccine on Tuberculin Skin Testing (PPD) results may cause confusion. It is thought that the Tuberculin Skin Test reactivity caused by BCG vaccine is reduced with the passage of time. However, periodic and repeated skin testing may boost the reactivity to PPD testing.

The CDC recommends that all PPD Testing result be interpreted based on risk stratification regardless of BCG vaccination history.