PPD (TB) Skin Test

At UrgentWay, we offer the cheapest PPD testing at just $45, which covers both PPD placement and reading.

Seek further assistance for TB screening by scheduling an online appointment or visit one of our UrgentWay locations.

TB Skin Test
The TB skin test, also known as the Mantoux tuberculin skin test is the most common way doctors diagnose tuberculosis. A tiny amount of tuberculin will be injected just beneath the skin of your forearm. You will return to your doctor in 2 or 3 days to see if you’ve had any side effects, and a healthcare professional will check and confirm the result.

Our experienced health care professionals will discuss your health and counsel you on preventative care and healthy choices.

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Tuberculin skin test (TST)

What is TST?

The Mantoux tuberculin skin test is a test to check if a person is infected with the tuberculosis bacteria.

How does TST work?

The doctor uses a small needle to inject a liquid (called tuberculin) into skin of your lower arm. When injected, a small pale bump will appear. This is in contrast to the Bacilli Calmette-Guerin (BCG).

The person who has undergone the TST should return within 2 to 3 days for a trained healthcare professional to monitor the response on the arm where fluid was injected. The healthcare professional will look for a lump, hard area and if there is one, measure its size with a ruler. Redness alone is not considered part of the reaction.

What does a positive SSP result mean?

The result of PT depends on the size of swelling or the hard area. It also depends on the person’s risk of contracting TB bacteria and the progression of TB if infected.

  • A positive TST result: This means that the person is infected with the tuberculosis bacteria. Additional tests are needed to determine if a person has latent TB infection or TB disease. The healthcare professional will then provide necessary treatment.
  • Negative TST: This means that the person has not responded to the test and is unlikely to have latent TB infection or TB disease.

Who can get TST?

Almost anyone can get TST, including infants, children, pregnant women, people living with HIV, and people who have received the BCG vaccine. People who have had a severe reaction to a previous SPS should not go through a repeat SPS.

How often can a TAP be performed?

There is usually no problem with recurrent TST unless the person has had a severe reaction to a previous TST.


We accept all major insurances

Medicare Plans, Aetna, Cigna, Oscar, United Healthcare, Emblem Health, Health Net, Magnacare…

Important Facts & FAQs

What is the procedure of the PPD test?
A PPD test is done in two visits:

  • Visit 1: Tuberculin is injected into the top layer of your skin producing a small bump that goes away in a few hours. The area is marked and examined in the next visit.
  • Visit 2: 48-72 hours after the first visit, you are required to return to the clinic. The marked area will be reviewed by our staff for results. Note that you must return within 72 hours otherwise the test will become void and a new one must be performed.
Does a positive PPD test mean I have tuberculosis?
Not necessarily. A positive PPD test could be due to exposure to someone with TB infection. If you test positive, you will be given a referral to get a chest X-ray to rule out active infection. If the chest X-ray comes back negative, you will be given written clearance stating that there is no indication of TB infection in your lungs.
Are there any side effects of the test?
Other than mild redness and soreness, there are no side effects of the test.
I received a BCG vaccine. Will it affect my test results?
In some countries BCG vaccination is given to infants to protect them from life-threatening tuberculosis infection. BCG vaccination is not given routinely in the U.S and its administration may cause confusion in test result interpretation.

However, the CDC recommends that all PPD testing be interpreted based on risk stratification regardless of BCG vaccination history.

What is a 2-step PPD test?
A 2-step PPD is when two PPD tests are done sequentially 7-10 days apart. A 2-step PPD improves the results of your PPD test by increasing the accuracy and may be required by some employers. For 2-step PPD, the person whose initial TST is negative, a repeat TST is required 1-3 weeks later.
Does UrgentWay offer 2-step PPD test?
Yes, UrgentWay offers 2-step PPD test at an affordable price.

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