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									            Service Hours
Walk-in Skin testing:                                                                                     Working to keep our
                                                                                                          community TB free
♦   Monday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
♦   Tuesday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For a referral for a chest x-ray:
Bring proof of skin test measurements

♦   Hours same as above and
                                                                                                       to the
♦   Wed./Thurs. 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                   Ben Franklin
♦   Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For a referral for INH therapy:                           Mayor Michael B. Coleman                Control Program
♦   Bring proof of skin test measurements
♦   Bring a copy of the x ray for physician
                                                 Columbus Public Health
                                              Teresa C. Long, M.D., M.P.H., Health Commissioner

No appointment needed for above ser-
vices. The clinic is very busy, the wait                240 Parsons Avenue
may be 30 to 90 minutes.                             Columbus, Ohio 43215-5331
Language interpretation services are

Current patients are seen Monday
through Friday by appointment only for
medications. Please call
                                                         Phone: 614-645-2199
645-2199 to schedule an                                   Fax: 614-645-0265
appointment.                                     For directions or hours call 645-2199

Talk with your nurse for the hours                                                                 Columbus Public Health
                                              Located on the corner of Parsons Avenue
medications can be picked up.                                                                      Ben Franklin TB Control
                                                 and Main Street, 2 blocks north of                       Program
                                                        Children’s Hospital

                                                              COTA bus route 2
                                                                                                    How is the skin test given?
                                                What services are available at the clinic?
   What is Tuberculosis?                        ♦   Skin test placement (PPD)                       A small needle is used to put some liquid,
                                                                                                    just under the skin. This is usually done
                                                ♦   Skin test reading                               on the inside of the arm. This test is safe
Tuberculosis (TB) is                                                                                to take. The person getting the test
a disease that is                               ♦   Assessment for TB                               must return in 48 to 72 hours to
spread from person                                                                                  have the test read. When the test is
                                                ♦   Education, medication, and case                 read, a card is given with the results. A
to person through
                                                    management for the treatment of Latent          negative test usually means the person is
the air. TB usually
                                                    TB Infection (LTBI) and active TB disease       not infected with the TB germ.
affects the lungs.
The germs are                                   ♦   Finding, testing, and treating others who       If a raised, hardened area develops, the
sometimes in the air when a person with             may have been in contact with someone           size of this reaction is measured. A
TB of the lung coughs, sneezes, laughs or                                                           positive reaction usually means that the
                                                    who has TB                                      person has been infected in the past with
                                                ♦   In addition, many physician offices are able    the TB germ. It does not necessarily
TB can also affect other parts of the body                                                          mean that the person has active TB
                                                    to provide TB skin testing services             disease.
such as the brain, kidneys, and spine.
                                                                                                    When is a chest x-ray needed?
                                                What do services cost?
     Symptoms of Tuberculosis                                                                       A nurse will ask some questions to
                                                There is a $15.00 fee for skin tests, with a        determine if a chest x-ray is needed to
Symptoms may include feeling weak or
                                                sliding fee scale based on income and family        check the lungs for TB disease. Sometimes
sick, weight loss, fever and/or night sweats,                                                       there is proof of prior treatment or a
cough, chest pain, and/or coughing up                                                               current chest x-ray film and a new x-ray
blood. If you have any of these symptoms,                                                           may not be needed. If a chest x-ray is
let the nurse know.                                                                                 needed a voucher is given to get the x-ray
                                                TB X-rays may be billed to your insurance or cov-
                                                                                                    done. Chest x-ray results take about
                                                ered by the clinic. Bring your insurance informa-   21days and the results are mailed to the
                                                tion with you.                                      individual.

     How can I tell if I have TB?                                                                   If the chest x-ray is normal, the person
                                                Services at the Ben Franklin TB Control             may still have Latent TB Infection. The TB
First, get a TB skin test (PPD). If it is                                                           Clinic doctor may recommend the person
positive, you will probably be given a          Program are funded by the Franklin County
                                                                                                    be treated with a medication called INH
voucher for a chest x-ray and may have          Commissioners, Ohio Department of Health,           (Isoniazid) to prevent active TB disease
other testing done such as analyzing            and the City of Columbus.                           from developing.
sputum for TB.

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