yes, i have a positive PPD. First time was about 3 1/2 years ago after i spent some time in the philippines. The positive means you've had exposure to TB and your body has developed antibodies. It does not necessarily mean you have or have ever had an active infection. Most likely you would know if you had it. TB usually affects people who's immune systems are compromised, and the classic symptoms are severe, sometimes bloody coughing, fatigue and weight loss (loss of appetite). If you're not having those, your chest x-ray will probably be negative. If you've had TB in the past, there me be some scarring in your lungs, which they won't probably do anything about if it's not symptomatic.
Once you have a positive PPD, you will ALWAYS have a positive PPD, because they antibodies will always be in your system. YOu will have to get chest x-rays every 2 years if you're in healthcare or working with kids. (continued)...
at 7:21 PM on Dec. 9, 2009