Working to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in Philadelphia and provide care for patients with tuberculosis.
The Department of Public Health works with healthcare providers, hospitals, and laboratories to identify people in Philadelphia with suspected or confirmed tuberculosis (TB). This includes people who may have been exposed to TB, as well as those who suffer from latent infections and are at high risk for developing the disease.
The Tuberculosis Control Program helps people get tested for TB and receive appropriate treatment, such as directly observed therapy (DOT). Patients are also eligible for case management services. A case manager can:
Other services include medical evaluations, tuberculin testing, sputum induction, HIV screening, and screening for possible side effects from taking TB medications. All services and medications are free.
In all cases, the Tuberculosis Control Program maintains the patient's confidentiality.
Lawrence F. Flick Memorial Center
1930 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: (215) 685-6873
Most healthcare providers can refer people for TB testing. If you do not have a primary care physician or insurance, you can get TB testing and diagnosis at a City health center.
You should get tested for TB if you:
If you test positive for TB, your medical provider or healthcare facility can refer you to the Tuberculosis Control Program.
The Tuberculosis Control Program conducts disease surveillance for both TB infection and TB disease through contact investigations of infectious cases and source case investigations.
Tuberculosis is a notifiable condition in Philadelphia. All suspected cases of TB must be reported to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's Tuberculosis Control Program within 24 hours. Report cases by calling (215) 685-6873 during business hours or completing and faxing an TB reporting form to (215) 685-6477.