Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Tool
This tool helps asymptomatic individuals determine whether testing for TB infection is recommended.
The assessment tool will ask a series of questions. Please select your preferred language.
Have you previously tested positive for TB?
Do you have any signs or symptoms of TB?
- prolonged cough
- coughing up blood
- night sweats
- weight loss
- excessive fatigue
This Tool is Not Appropriate
Based on your response, this tool is not appropriate for assessing your risk. Please follow up with your local healthcare provider or contact your local TB Control Program.
Person taking the assessment is a(n):
Question 1: Birth, Travel, Residence
Since the last TB test, has the person spent 1 month or more in any of the following places?
- Central America
- South America
- Any island country other than Austrailia or New Zealand
- Eastern Europe
Question 2: Immunosuppression
Since the last TB test, has the person had a condition which might have suppressed his or her immune system? Possible causes of a suppressed immune system include:
- Undergoing an organ transplant
- Taking a steroid medication (e.g. prednisone)
- Having an HIV infection
- Undergoing TNF-alpha antagonist treatment (e.g. infliximab, etanercept, others)
- Undergoing chemotherapy
- Receiving another immunosuppressive medication (e.g. methotrexate)
Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) is preferred over TB Skin Test for non-U.S.-born persons ≥ 2 years old.
Question 3: Close Contact
Since the last TB test, has the person had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis disease?
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the evaluation of contacts and treatment of infected contacts is an important component of the U.S. strategy for TB elimination.
Question 4: History of Homelessness or Incarceration
Since the last TB test, has the person been homeless, or volunteered, worked or lived in a homeless shelter or correctional facility (jail/prison)?
- The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening populations at increased risk for TB infection based on increased risk of exposure including persons who have lived in high-risk congregate settings (e.g. homeless shelters and correctional facilities).
|Question 1: Birth, Travel, Residence|
|Question 2: Immunosuppression|
|Question 3: Close Contact|
|Question 4: History of Homelessness or Incarceration|