Tuberculosis Control & Prevention

The TB Prevention and Control Program provides examination, diagnosis and treatment with directly observed therapy (DOT) for people with suspected or confirmed active tuberculosis disease. The program also provides screening and preventive medicine for those with a known exposure to TB or those from high-risk populations.

Screening & Treatment

Step 1.Eligibility

You must be a resident of San Antonio or Bexar County.

  • Suspected/Confirmed active tuberculosis cases are seen by physician referral.
  • Identified contacts and high-risk populations are screened upon referral. Preventive therapy is available to these individuals.

Step 2.Prepare for Your Visit

  • Eat a good meal before coming to the clinic.
  • Bring the following:
    • proof of insurance (if applicable)
    • some form of identification
    • referral paperwork
    • X-ray films
    • documentation of TB skin test

Step 3.Visit Our Clinic

2303 SE Military Dr., Bldg 528
San Antonio, TX 78223

Free parking is available.

Step 4.Upon Arrival

  • Sign in at front desk.
  • You may not be seen in the order you signed in, as patients needs vary.
  • If you require a school/work excuse, please let the receptionist know.

NOTE: All medical records and conversations with TB clinic staff are confidential.

Medical Service Fees

  • Examination and Treatment: No charge
  • TB testing: $69

Directly Observed Therapy (DOT)

DOT and Directly Observed Preventive Therapy (DOPT) are recognized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the most effective means to control TB. Therapies consist of a healthcare worker observing patients taking their prescribed medications. During each treatment visit for DOT or DOPT, patients are assessed for adverse reactions.

DOT and DOPT may be administered at the City Chest Clinic, home, or job site. A nurse at the hospital or school may administer DOT and DOPT as arranged through the TB clinic.

Outreach & Surveillance

Outreach and surveillance activities include contact investigations and TB screening. Contact investigations include searching for those who may have been exposed to TB and conducting screening programs in population groups at increased risk of TB. Our program uses the T-spot IGRA blood test as the recognized standard for TB screening.