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TB Screening for Colleges & Universities

  • Introduction

  • The Iowa TB Control program strongly recommends TB screening be conducted in all college, community college, and university campuses in Iowa. These screening and testing recommendations are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Thoracic Society and the American College Health Association. “Screening” refers to the process of identifying persons at high-risk for TB infection and disease. Screening is conducted for all incoming students and employees to identify those with identified risk factors for TB infection and disease. For those students and employees with identified risk factors, testing for TB infection should be conducted.

    Iowa, like most states, continues to identify students/faculty with TB disease almost every year. The implementation of effective TB screening and testing programs on all college and university campuses in Iowa is the best method available to identify those persons with TB infection and disease and prevent the potential spread of TB to others.

    Medication for the treatment of TB infection and disease is available from the TB Control Program. Click here for more information on how to order medication.

    Detailed screening recommendations, including sample screening and testing forms, are available at the following at the American College Health Association Web page.

    Although TB testing programs should be conducted only among high-risk groups, certain individuals may require TB testing for employment or school attendance. An approach independent of risk assessment is not recommended by CDC or the American Thoracic Society. For details on screening and targeted testing see ACHA Guidelines: Tuberculosis Screening and Targeted Testing of College and University Students.