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    Clinic Location:

    2980 E. Ajo Way
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    Clinic Hours:

    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    By appointment only

    For questions or concerns regarding the TB clinic, please call (520) 724-8491.

    List of alternate TB testing locations in Pima County

    Pima County Health Department Tuberculosis Control Program

    The Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program is responsible for protecting the residents of Pima County by:

    • Identifying all active tuberculosis cases and ensuring each active TB case completes prescribed treatment
    • Identifying, and screening all contacts to active tuberculosis cases and ensure contacts diagnosed with tuberculosis infection complete prescribed treatment
    • Community surveillance and ensuring the reporting of TB data
    • Facilitating treatment of non-contacts diagnosed with TB infection
    • Educating the community in TB prevention, detection, testing, diagnosing, and treatment.
    The TB Control Program's multi-disciplinary team includes a physician who also serves the community as the TB Control Officer, Nurse Case Managers, Medical Assistants, an Infectious Disease Investigator, and a Program Coordinator. All staff receives ongoing specialized training in tuberculosis surveillance, prevention, detection, testing, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

    TB Control Program Service Overview

    • Services are free
    • Provider-to-provider consultation in all aspects of TB prevention, detection, testing, diagnosis, treatment, and infection control practices
    • Community organization/healthcare agency education & training in TB prevention, detection, testing, diagnosing, treatment, and infection control practices
    • A multi-disciplinary team approach to patient-centered care, with physician/nurse case manager oversight
    • Ongoing review of established care plan to ensure patient, remains medically stable, appropriately response to treatment, maintains their emotional well-being and completes treatment as prescribed with minimal to no delays
    • Continued care for individuals diagnosed with active tuberculosis during an inpatient stay or through testing performed in an outpatient setting (smear microscopy/PCR/mycobacterial culture)
    • Contact investigation for all active tuberculosis cases, that includes TB screening/testing of individuals identified as close contacts
    • Evaluation of individuals referred by community providers who present signs or symptoms consistent with active tuberculosis.
    The TB Control Program does not provide work-related or school-related tuberculosis screening or testing.

    Please see the list of alternate TB testing locations identified throughout Pima County; contact the location to verify availability of testing and price: 
    List of alternate TB testing locations in Pima County

    What is Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

    TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

    TB is NOT spread by:
    • shaking someone's hand
    • sharing food or drink
    • touching bed linens or toilet seats
    • sharing toothbrushes
    • kissing

    Treatment Options for Latent TB Infection (LTBI)

    Regimen Abbreviation Interval Duration
    Dispensing
    Mode of Supervision
    Total Doses Indication 
    Isoniazid (INH) + Rifapentine (Rpt) 3HP Once Weekly 12 weeks 4 doses per packet x 3 packets VOT* 12 1st choice given convenience and high completion rate
    Rifampin (Rmp) 4R
    Daily 4 Months 30 days/ bottle x 4 SAT^ 120 Persons who cannot take 3HP
    Isoniazid (INH) 9H Daily 9 Months 30 days/ bottle x 9 SAT
    270 Persons who cannot take 3HP or 4R
    Isoniazid
    (INH) +
    Rifampin
    (Rmp)
     3HR Daily 3 Months
    30 days/ bottle x 9
    SAT 90
    Especially useful in persons with moderately or highly increased risk for progression to TB disease
     Levofloxacin  6L  Daily  6 Months  30 days/ bottle x 9  SAT  180  Persons who cannot take INH or a rifamycin
    Rifamycins: Rifampin; Rifapentine; Rifabutin VOT*: Video observed treatment
    SAT^: Self-administered treatment
    Updated April 2018

    Tuberculosis Staff

    Clinical Services

    David Yost M.D. Family Medicine, Medical Director
    Belinda Davis, RN, BSN, TB Nurse Case Manager
    Ethan Smith RN, MSN, TB Nurse Case Manager
    Guadalupe Leon M.A., TB Medical Assistant

    Epidemiology

    Meghan Randall BSc, Psych, TB Infectious Disease Investigator, Sr.

    Treatment Adherence Unit

    TBD, Program Coordinator

    Administrative Unit

    Susana Marr, RN, BSN, MHA, TB Control Program Nurse Manager
    Yvette Flores RMA (Administrative Medical Assistant)

    Tuberculosis Forms

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    3950 S. Country Club Road
    Ste. 100
    Tucson, AZ 85714

    (520) 724-7770

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