Tuberculosis Clinic

The Tuberculosis Clinic provides evaluation and treatment of tuberculosis to high-risk populations in Multnomah County only.

Learn more about tuberculosis symptoms»

Services

Evaluation for TB, which may include:

  • Clinical evaluation
  • Skin test
  • Chest x-rays
  • Sputum analysis
  • Blood tests

Treatment for latent TB, which includes:

  • Medications
  • Monitoring for side effects
  • Lab analysis
  • Directly observed therapy for shelter residents and pediatric clients

Treatment for active TB, which includes:

  • RN case management for every patient with active TB disease
  • Chest x-rays
  • Sputum collection and/or induction
  • Laboratory tests
  • Direct observed therapy
  • Side effects management and monitoring
  • Evaluation and help with psycho/social issues affecting treatment
  • Epidemiology investigation and treatment of contacts as needed

Who We Serve

Persons with symptoms of lung TB who are:

  • Referred by healthcare provider to rule out TB (documentation must be provided to the TB program in advance). See TB reporting and referral»
  • Self-referred with TB symptoms for 3 weeks duration with risk for TB

Persons with recent infection or exposure:

  • Skin test converters (current positive skin test and a negative documented skin test within past 2 years)
  • Case contacts to active TB case

Persons born outside of the U.S. who are recent Class B immigrants or refugees.

Persons born outside of the U.S. who have TB infection and need preventative treatment, and who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Age 34 years or less
  • Date of entry less than 5 years ago
  • Country of origin in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America or Middle East (please call if client is from any other country)

Patrons of the following:

  • Designated shelters (including employees)
  • Hooper

Cost

Services are free of charge for qualified individuals.

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Lao
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese
  • Hmong
  • Ukrainian

Other languages by appointment only.

Shelter screening

All dormitory-style shelter residents in Portland are required to present a shelter clearance card, also called the “blue card,” in order to reside in a shelter. The Tuberculosis Program assists in providing free TB skin testing at Transition Projects, Inc.

Location: Transition Projects, Inc. (TPI), 650 NW Irving St, Portland (MAP)
Hours: Monday and Thursday, 1:15-3:15pm. If shelter residents have a prior positive skin test history, they will be seen at the TB Clinic during regular clinic hours