Tuberculosis Control Program

Working to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in Philadelphia and provide care for patients with tuberculosis.

About

The Department of Public Health works with health care 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.

TB bacteria spread through the air from one person to another. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but can also affect the kidneys, spine, brain, or other parts of the body. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal.

Through the Tuberculosis Control Program, we help people with TB get treatment, such as directly observed therapy (DOT). Patients are also eligible for case management services. A case manager can:

  • Help patients find and access available services.
  • Pick up and deliver free medication to patients.
  • Arrange testing and treatment for people who have come in contact with the patient.

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.

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Address
Tuberculosis Control Program
1930 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Process and eligibility

You should get tested for TB by your doctor or the Department of Public Health if you:

  • Have symptoms of active TB. This may include a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer, pain in the chest, and coughing up blood, as well as weakness, weight loss, and other symptoms.
  • Have spent time with a person known or suspected to have active TB disease.
  • Have HIV or another condition that weakens the immune system.
  • Are from a country where active TB is very common.
  • Live where active TB is more common, such as a homeless shelter, migrant farm camp, prison or jail, or some nursing homes.
  • Inject illegal drugs.

What to do about a positive test

If you test positive for TB, your medical provider or healthcare facility can refer you to the Tuberculosis Control Program.

Time and place

Most health care 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.

Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) is offered at the Lawrence F. Flick Memorial Center in South Philadelphia. DOT is also available in the patient's home.

Lawrence F. Flick Memorial Center
1930 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Directly observed therapy: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Adult clinical sessions: Tuesday and Wednesday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pediatric clinical sessions: Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


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