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  • Tuberculosis

    Clinic Location:

    2980 E. Ajo Way
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    Clinic Hours:

    By appointment only

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

    List of alternate TB skin test locations in Pima County

    Pima County Health Department TB Clinic

    The Tuberculosis Clinic is responsible for protecting the residents of Pima County through:

    • Identifying and providing the treatment of individuals with active TB disease
    • Identifying and evaluating contacts to active cases, and offering treatment if indicated
    • Providing or facilitating treatment of patients with latent TB infection (LTBI)

    Our Program and what we offer:

    • Pima County Health Department TB Control is staffed by a physician and nurses with expertise in the evaluation and management of TB
    • Medication is delivered through direct observation therapy by trained outreach workers
    • Treatment of TB is without cost to the individual
    • Each individual has a nurse case manager which oversees his/her treatment and provides support throughout the treatment course in order to help ensure adherence and completion 
    • Consultation is available for physicians and healthcare agencies on all aspects of TB diagnosis, treatment, prevention and infection control 
    The TB Clinic does not provide the service of screening for tuberculosis (including the PPD-tuberculin skin test) – neither for employment or school purposes.   PPD-tuberculin skin tests, and other immune-based tests (for example, interferon gamma release assays) are only done as part of our own evaluation of patients referred to us with active tuberculosis disease, and of persons exposed to patients with confirmed infectious pulmonary TB as part of our contact investigation of such cases.

    List of alternate TB skin test 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
    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
    (INH) +
     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 Unit

    Carlos M. Perez-Velez, M.D. (Adult & Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician)
    Belinda Davis, R.N., B.S.N. (Nurse Case Manager)
    Susana Marr, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A.  (Nurse Case Manager)
    Tawnie Augustin, R.T.  (Radiologic Technologist)

    Epidemiology Unit

    Anissa Taylor, M.P.H.  (Epidemiologist)
    Fernando Silvas, B.S., R.S. (Disease Investigator)

    Treatment Adherence Unit

    Sylvia Molina  (Community Health Worker)

    Administrative Unit

    Susanna K. Feingold, M.P.H.  (Program Manager)
    Yvette M. Pina  (Administrative Assistant)

    Education & Training Unit

    Claudia L. Roya-Pabon, M.D.  (Pediatric Pulmonologist, Volunteer)

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

    (520) 724-7770

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