Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.


Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Tuberculosis (TB)

for Veterans and the Public

Tuberculosis (TB)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis disease is caused by a bacteria passed through the -air when someone with TB infection coughs, sneezes, or talks. It is spread easily in closed-in places, such as low-income housing, shelters, and jails.

Tuberculosis (TB) can occur at any time in the course of HIV infection, but most often when CD4 counts are low. Symptoms can include fever, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, and coughing.

TB can be prevented and usually is curable. If you have TB, it's important that you take your TB medication exactly as prescribed (missed doses can result in the TB germ developing resistance to the drug). Some TB medications can damage your liver, but your liver usually recovers if the medications are stopped. If your skin or eyes turn yellow, or if your urine darkens to the color of Coca-Cola while you are taking tuberculosis medications, call your provider immediately. It could be a sign of liver damage.

Many people who are exposed to TB do not develop active tuberculosis but have a small amount of TB in the body. If your provider diagnoses you with exposure to TB but not active TB, they will recommend treatment to reduce the likelihood of developing active disease.