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If you have a positive PPD skin test, it means you have been exposed to a person who has tuberculosis and you are now infected with the bacteria that causes the disease.

After you have a positive PPD skin test, you must have a chest x-ray and a physical exam to find it whether have active disease or are contagious (able to spread the disease).

It usually takes only a few days to tell whether you're contagious. Most people with a positive skin test aren't contagious.

To be sure that you remain healthy, your doctor may recommend that you take medicine for 6 months to kill the tuberculosis infection. If you don't take the medicine, the bacteria will remain in your lungs, and you will always be in danger of getting active tuberculosis.
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Thank you so much. I just recently had the test and i had a bump on my arm, which now I have to deal with, but wasn't sure what I had to do. This information helps. I just need a chest x-ray and take some medicine for the next 6 months.
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