The Health Department offers the TB skin test (PPD test) for $25.
Below is a list of service providers in the Hamilton County area who also offer TB Skin Tests. This list does not imply any endorsement nor guarantees the quality of any service performed, it is only provided as a reference for those seeking TB Skin Test providers (alphabetic order). Clicking these links will open a new web browser:
Ask your Primary Healthcare Provider
Services the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department offers to prevent and control
Are you at risk for TB?
Find out if you should be screened.
The Hamilton County TB Clinic is open to Hamilton County Residents.
TB testing is highly recommended for those who are at risk of being exposed to TB,
or at risk for progressing to active disease should they be exposed:
- People in close contact with someone who has active TB
- Immigrants from countries with a high rate of TB
- Residents/ employees working or living in group settings
- People with HIV infections or other medical conditions that cause a weakened
- Illicit drug users
TB Screenings-TB Clinic
- The TB clinic performs TB screenings for clients at risk for TB by performing
a symptom review and TB skin tests.
- A TB screening tells if someone has been exposed to active TB disease. If
the screening test is positive, a nurse checks for risk factors and gives the
client a chest x-ray to determine if the person has
active TB disease or latent TB infection.
- If you are sent here for a chest x-ray by your job or doctor, you are assessed
for risk factors before receiving the chest x-ray. Please bring the millimeter
measurement of your skin test and referral from your doctor. If necessary, you
will be given a voucher to take to TC Thompson Children’s Hospital. Remember
to take your insurance information with you.
Medication Appointments - TB Clinic
If a person does have
TB infection, they may be given medication to treat their condition. Medications
latent TB infection are given out during regular hours or operation. A nurse
also monitors how you are doing.
Directly Observed Therapy (DOT)
- The Directly Observed Therapy (DOT)/Outreach Program provides medications
and other direct care services to treat active TB disease in a place convenient
for them. This is done to make sure that they complete their treatment.
- DOT staff also provide TB outreach to people at risk for TB and work with
family members and close contacts of
active TB disease patients, checking them for disease/exposure and providing
them with medication if necessary.
- Education provided about latent TB infection and active TB disease for patients,
agencies, health care providers, and to the general community.
- Staff serve as a primary TB resource for Hamilton County for guidance about
TB surveillance, reporting requirements, infection control practices, and treatment
Some clinic services have a fee associated with them. The following are the most
common services provided, if medically indicated.
- Nurse visit for medication refill NO CHARGE
- Nurse visit for medical records of previous test/treatment NO CHARGE
- Chest X-Ray $52.00
- Skin Test $25
We accept cash, check, money order, and TennCare. Please bring your insurance
information with you to each visit. You are responsible for any co-pays and deductibles
that are required by your insurance company. No one is denied services if they cannot